Foundations of American Leadership Series

Continuing with the pursuit of teaching the next generation of American Leaders, the Institute for Faith & Freedom hosts a quarterly luncheon program:Foundations of American Leadership Series. These talks, held at the Rivers Club in Pittsburgh, PA, highlight some of the most important American leaders throughout our nation’s storied history. Talks have ranged from Benjamin Franklin to Whittaker Chambers and from Bill Clinton to James Madison. These talks provide a valuable forum for the Institute for Faith & Freedom to discuss important figures that stood for the same principles that the Institute seeks to espouse. The series has drawn hundreds of guests and features prominent scholars and thought leaders from across the country. At the Institute for Faith & Freedom, we view a love for truth and a love for liberty as inseparable allies. Liberty cannot long flourish in the absence of truth, and truth is not affirmed where liberty denied. In fact, America’s extraordinary achievement lies in the essential combination of both truth and liberty. Providing the popular Foundations of American Leadership Series fosters an environment for the study of liberty and truth in the lives of historic figures. Please consider joining us for our next Foundations of American Leadership Series. And we invite you to browse our archives of past lectures as well. We look forward to seeing you soon.


Was FDR the Worst President in U.S. History?

Dr. Burton Folsom

Rivers Club — Pittsburgh, PA

September 24, 2019 12:00 – 1:00 PM

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Almost all historians and biographers rave about FDR and his four elections as U.S. President. But actually his New Deal was the worst economic disaster in U.S. history. Unemployment remained very high for two terms, the national debt doubled, and taxes skyrocketed. What went wrong? And why do so many of Roosevelt’s biographers get his story wrong.

Register online by clicking here or contact Brenda Vinton at or (724) 450-1541. Please bring a friend. Registration deadline is September 23 at 2 p.m. The cost of lunch is $25.

Dr. Burton Folsom, Jr. is an economic historian who studies the economy to discover what has worked and what hasn’t. He is professor emeritus and a distinguished fellow at Hillsdale College where he taught from 2003 to 2017, holding the Charles Kline Chair in History and Management. Burt received his doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh and spent the first 18 years of his teaching career at Murray State University. From 1994 to 1999 he served as senior fellow in economic education at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and then from 1999 to 2003 at The Center for the American Idea in Houston. He has authored or co-authored numerous books including: The Myth of the Robber Barons, New Deal or Raw Deal: How FDR’s Economic Legacy Has Damaged America, and FDR Goes to War: How Expanded Executive Power, Spiraling National Debt, and Restricted Civil Liberties Shaped Wartime America. Burt and his wife Anita have one son who lives in Atlanta.

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