In an unfortunate coincidence, given the beating NY took from Hurricane Sandy and the need for federal disaster assistance, today is the anniversary (October 30, 1975) of the infamous NY Daily News headline, FORD TO CITY: Drop Dead. It appeared when New York (and several other major metropolises) were mired in a fiscal crisis and on the verge of bankruptcy. President Ford vowed he would veto any fiscal relief package passed by Congress, saying New York needed to set its financial house in order on its own. And yet, in a move seemingly unimaginable in today’s political climate, Ford, who never actually said “drop dead,” eventually relented and federal loans were made available to the city.
- Episode 027 JFK at 100 – The Legacy and Memory of a President
- Episode 026 The Spanish American War & The Birth of US Imperialism
- Episode 025 Who Was Thomas Jefferson?
- Episode 024 The Path to War: The US and World War I
- Episode 023 Alexander Hamilton: The Man, The Myth, and, Yes, The Musical!
- Episode 022 The History of Mass Incarceration in the US, Part 2
- Episode 021 The History of Mass Incarceration in the US, Part 1