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Harriet Hyman Alonso
CUNY Research Foundation, City College (New York, NY 10031-9101)

Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars
Research Programs

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$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2005 – 8/31/2006

A Biography of Robert E. Sherwood (1896-1955): Playwright, Screenwriter, and Presidential Advisor

This interdisciplinary project involves the seemingly unlikely pairing of diplomatic and theater history. Robert E. Sherwood played an important role in the evolution of U.S. public opinion from isolationism to internationalism from the 1920s to the 1950s. During that time, he wrote the prize-winning "Abe Lincoln in Illinois," "Idiot's Delight," "There Shall be No Night," and "The Best Years of Our Lives." During WWII, he served as war propaganda advisor to F. D. Roosevelt and acted as Director of the Office of War Information. His book "Roosevelt and Hopkins" won the Pultizer and Bancroft Prizes. His life and work mirrored the U.S. government's and people's struggle over the philosophical and political issues surrounding war and peace.