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The Dreamer and the Doer: The Rise of a Reformer

April 15, 2008 | Inside Out

In part 1 of 7 of “The Dreamer and the Doer –The Life and Work of Fiorello H. La Guardia” produced by the La Guardia and Wagner archives, New York Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia’s lifelong commitment to make city government belong to all the people, from his war with Tammany Hall (New York’s Democratic machine) to his fights against gamblers, racketeers, and “tin horns,” and his ability to “out demagogue the best of demagogues.”
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The Dreamer and the Doer: Health and Housing

April 15, 2008 | Inside Out

In part 2 of 7 of “The Dreamer and the Doer –The Life and Work of Fiorello H. La Guardia” produced by the La Guardia and Wagner archives, New York Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia makes providing proper housing a function of city government. The 1921 deaths of his first wife and infant daughter from tuberculosis inspire the greatest public health effort in the city’s history.
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The Dreamer and the Doer: LaGuardia and Organized Labor

April 15, 2008 | Inside Out

In part 3 of 7 of “The Dreamer and the Doer –The Life and Work of Fiorello H. La Guardia” produced by the La Guardia and Wagner archives, organized labor leaders praised him as friend and inspiration. As a congressman, Fiorello H. La Guardia was one of labor’s best friends, but as New York City mayor he opposed unionization of city workers both as a threat to the city budget and to his authority.
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The Dreamer and the Doer: LaGuardia and Aviation

April 15, 2008 | Inside Out

In part 4 of 7 of “The Dreamer and the Doer –The Life and Work of Fiorello H. La Guardia” produced by the La Guardia and Wagner archives, New York City’s La Guardia Airport was named after Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia in recognition of his lifelong support for aviation. He learned to fly only a dozen years after the Wright Brothers made motorized flight a reality, and in World War One he flew bombing missions for the U.S. Army.
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The Dreamer and the Doer: LaGuardia and the Physical City

April 15, 2008 | Inside Out

In part 5 of 7 of “The Dreamer and the Doer –The Life and Work of Fiorello H. La Guardia” produced by the La Guardia and Wagner archives, from the time he took office on January 1, 1934, until American entry into World War Two, Fiorello H. La Guardia’s public works brought about in New York the greatest government-sponsored municipal transformation in America since Washington, D.C. was created out of Potomac marshlands.
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The Dreamer and the Doer: LaGuardia and Relief

April 15, 2008 | Inside Out

In part 6 of 7 of “The Dreamer and the Doer –The Life and Work of Fiorello H. La Guardia” produced by the La Guardia and Wagner archives, Bing Crosby’s recording of “Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?” is the musical background against which Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia makes public assistance a reality in New York City. Feeding a million hungry, poor people, says La Guardia, “is not done by speeches.”
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The Dreamer and the Doer: The Last Days-World War Two

April 15, 2008 | Inside Out

In part 7 of 7 of “The Dreamer and the Doer –The Life and Work of Fiorello H. La Guardia” produced by the La Guardia and Wagner archives, Fiorello H. La Guardia’s third term as Mayor of the City of New York was not his finest hour, but to many it will be his best remembered. The reason? He achieves fame as a radio personality with a weekly program on WNYC. The freewheeling mayor runs a radio grab-bag featuring everything from recipes to the Sunday comics.
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