36th International Conference Includes Mt. Vernon Tour
The first day of the 36th International Churchill Conference, which will take place in Washington, D.C. at the Georgetown Marriott October 29–31, will include an optional tour to Mount Vernon, George Washington’s historic home on the banks of the Potomac River. To register, please CLICK HERE.
The International Churchill Society initiates its new Young Churchillians program this fall with two exciting meetings, one on each side of the Atlantic. The first meeting will be in London on 25 September and feature as speaker the Antarctic explorer Louis Rudd MBE. The second event will take place in Washington on 28 October at the National Churchill Library and Center as the first event for this year’s international conference.
The George Washington University is pleased to announce the generous gift of $80,000 to The National Churchill Library and Center at GW Libraries and Academic Innovation. This funding will enable and support much-needed research activities focused on topics of relevance to Winston Churchill’s example of global leadership. Preference will be given to projects that emphasize the relevance of Churchill’s leadership to current affairs.
Nigel Hamilton, War and Peace: FDR’s Final Odyssey, D-Day to Yalta, 1943–1945, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019, $30.00. ISBN 978-0544876804
Review by RICHARD A. MCCONNELL
This Republic had its beginning…under the
protection of certain unalienable political rights…these political rights
proved inadequate to assure us equality in the pursuit of happiness. We have
come to a clear realization of the fact that true individual freedom cannot
exist without economic security and independence. Necessitous men are not free
men. People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which
dictatorships are made. All of these rights spell security, and after this war
is won we must be prepared to move forward, in the implementation of these
rights, to new goals of human happiness and well-being.
Thus President Franklin D. Roosevelt in his 1944
State of the Union address introduced what he called the second bill of rights.
These comments reflect key values that drove his vision for a new world order
following the Second World War. FDR’s continued emphasis that Americans must
care about social issues beyond their own borders laid the foundation for the
United Nations. We are the beneficiaries of FDR’s views of enlightened
In November 1920, Winston Churchill engaged his literary agent Curtis Brown to negotiate the sale of his First World War memoirs, which were subsequently published under the title The World Crisis. Curtis Brown soon secured a £9,000 cash advance from the publisher Thornton Butterworth for the British rights and a £5,000 advance from Charles Scribner in the United States. With the first advance payment from Scibner, Churchill bought a new Rolls-Royce Barker cabriolet for £2,250.
Keeping with the theme of the current issue of Finest Hour, “Churchill’s Monarchs,” this month’s article features a wartime patriotic advertising plaque. This piece is made of celluloid and paper much like a badge and features Prime Minister Winston Churchill standing with King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.
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