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Letter from Franklin D. Roosevelt to D. H. Mudge Sr. This is a letter from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Dick Howard Mudge Senior, a prominent attorney and member of the local Democratic Party. At this time Roosevelt was the Democratic gubernatorial candidate for New York. In the letter Roosevelt urges Mudge to support the Democratic Presidential candidate, Al Smith, in the upcoming 1928 election. Roosevelt extols the benefits of Democratic values, while denouncing what he calls the "crass materialism" of Republican Presidents Calvin Coolidge and Warren G. Harding. Roosevelt asks Mudge to write back his decision to his personal home in New York City. Smith went on to lose the 1928 election to Herbert Hoover, while Roosevelt was elected governor of New York. October 15, 1928 November 30, 2017
Phil Smith Oral History Interview In this oral history interview, Phil Smith describes growing up in Venice, Illinois, in the 1950s-1970s. He discusses organized crime and gambling in the city, the Democratic Party, and the police. He also describes his career as an educator and changes in the schools over time, including changes that accompanied racial integration in Venice and Madison. Finally, Smith describes his work with the Venice Historical Society and efforts to preserve the city's history and traditions. October 18, 2016 February 3, 2017