The Plot To Overthrow FDR

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The Plot To Overthrow FDR is one of the finest documentaries ever produced by The History Channel. It is primarily based upon the brilliant book by Jules Archer, The Plot To Seize The White House. Archer is featured in this program. The film tells the shocking story of how U. S. Marine Major General Smedley Darlington Butler became the savior of our Republic by exposing a fascist coup d’etat of plutocratic militarists in the early 1930s. The plotters largely consisted of elements aligned with the J P Morgan Wall Street banking interests and the American Legion. For more detailed historical background information on this true conspiracy, go here and here.

[One minor observation and comment: I have been presenting this wonderful documentary to my high school students for many years. Near the conclusion of the film historian Leo P. Ribuffo (who ironically bears an uncanny resemblance to fascist dictator Benito Mussolini and who earlier had made ill-informed, disparaging remarks concerning the relationship of the gold standard to a sound constitutional monetary order) describes a purported time sequence placing the Watergate scandal of the Nixon administration in the 1960s. Every showing I must correct this egregious error by pointing out that events surrounding Watergate happened in 1972–1974. Unfortunately many of my clueless students' only knowledge of Watergate is that it somehow prevented Forrest Gump from sleeping in a DC hotel. This situational ignorance is later rectified.]

10:24 pm on March 5, 2011