Author Archives: George Putnam

Voting Methods at Town Meeting

This post is part of a series of posts on “Learning about town government” in my town of Cambridge, Vermont. Please see the link for context, a disclaimer, and a list of posts in this series. This post is about … Continue reading

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The Caine Mutiny

The Caine Mutiny is a novel of historical fiction about World War II by Herman Wouk. It was published, and won the Pulitzer Prize, in 1951. The Caine Mutiny follows the life of Willie Keith from December 1942, one year … Continue reading

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Legacy of the Four Freedoms

The Four Freedoms are very much a force in our world today. (For background about the Four Freedoms, see Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms, Rockwell’s Four Freedoms, and Freedom of Speech Painting.) Franklin Roosevelt died in April 1945, just before the end … Continue reading

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Freedom of Speech Painting

Norman Rockwell’s 1942 painting Freedom of Speech was a huge success. (This was one of four paintings he did to illustrate President Franklin Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms. See Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms and Rockwell’s Four Freedoms.) Rockwell himself liked it the best … Continue reading

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Rockwell’s Four Freedoms

Norman Rockwell’s famous paintings of the Four Freedoms are shown below: These paintings illustrate the Four Freedoms that President Franklin Roosevelt introduced in a speech to Congress in January 1941: Freedom of speech Freedom of worship Freedom from want Freedom … Continue reading

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Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms

The photo to the left shows President Franklin Roosevelt giving his annual Message to Congress (what we now call the State of the Union address) on January 6, 1941. This became known as the Four Freedoms speech. Two months earlier, … Continue reading

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Act 46 and Democracy

What does Act 46 mean for democracy? Before considering that general question, let’s review a more specific question: What happened with Act 46 in Cambridge? The short answer is that the town lost control of its elementary school. The photo … Continue reading

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