The Hour of Fate by Susan Berfield

LIVE Thursday, May 6 @ 12:00 PM CT/1:00 PM ET

Join us FREE on May 6! Journalist and Author Susan Berfield will share insights about her book "The Hour of Fate: Theodore Roosevelt, J.P. Morgan and the Battle to Transform American Capitalism." Selected by Amazon editors as one of the best of 2020, Berfield's book takes us back to when President Theodore Roosevelt and Banker J.P. Morgan battled in the courts to determine the balance of power between government and big business. Link to purchase the book:

Dr. H.W. Brands, Jack S. Blanton Sr. Chair, Department of History, College of Liberal Arts, University of Texas, Austin, will be the Moderator.


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Susan Berfield is an award-winning feature writer and investigative reporter for Bloomberg Businessweek and Bloomberg News where she’s exposed how Walmart spies on its workers, uncovered a con man who talked a small Missouri town out of millions, and revealed how Beverly Hills billionaires bought up an enormous water supply in the Central Valley.

She’s been interviewed on PBS NewsHour, NPR's All Things Considered, Marketplace, On Point, and the Brian Lehrer Show. Her story about the biggest food fraud in US history was the basis for an episode of the Netflix documentary series, Rotten.

The Hour of Fate, her first book, was supported by a Logan Nonfiction Fellowship.

Dr. H.W. Brands is a professor at the University of Texas, where he holds the Jack S. Blanton Sr. Chair in History. He has written thirty books, coauthored or edited five others, and published dozens of articles and scores of reviews. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the International Herald Tribune, the Boston Globe, the Atlantic Monthly, the Smithsonian, the National Interest, the American Historical Review, the Journal of American History, the Political Science Quarterly, American History, and many other newspapers, magazines and journals.


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Curriculum Standards

National Standards

What is Government?

Values and Principles of Democracy

Civic Life, Politics, and Government

Foundations of the American Political System

Principles of Democracy

The Emergence of Modern America (1890-1930)

Allocation of Goods and Services

Role of Incentives, Competition, and Price

Role of Economic Institutions

Profit and the Entrepreneur

Role of Government

Monetary and Fiscal Policies

Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Social Studies

Grade 1: 1.2A, 1.7C, 1.8A, 1.8B, 1.11B, 1.15A, 1.15B, 1.16B, 1.18

Grade 2: 2.2A, 2.7A, 2.7B, 2.8A, 2.13A, 2.15B, 2.17

Grade 3: 3.1A, 3.6A, 3.6C, 3.6D, 3.7C, 3.14B, 3.16

Grade 4: 4.19B, 4.19D, 4.22

Grade 5: 5.5A, 5.5C, 8, 5.8B, 5.10C, 5.12B, 5.22B, 5.23B, 5.26

Grade 6: 6.2A, 6.2B, 6.4A, 6.4B, 6.5C, 6.6A, 6.7C, 6.8A, 6.9B, 6.14C, 6.18A,

6.18B, 6.19B, 6.19D, 6.22

Grade 7: 7.6C, 7.6C, 7.20B, 7.20D, 7.20E, 7.20F. 7.23

Grade 8: 8.10A, 8.28B, 8.29B, 8.29E, 8.29F8.31

High School: E.1A, E.1B, E.1C, E.1D, E.2B, E.4A, E.4C, E.5A, E.6A, E.6B, E.7A,

E.7B, E.8A, E.8B, E.10B, E.13A, E.13B, E.14C, E.21A, E.21D, E.23, US.2A, US.4A,

US.15B, US.23A, US.26A, US.27B, US.28B, US.28D, US.28E, US.31, WH.1E,

WH.8A, WH.8D, WH.16B, WH.17A, WH.27A, WH.27B, WH.28D, WH.31,

WG.11B, WG.11C, WG.12A, WG.12B, WG.21D, WG21E, USG.2B, USG.4C,

USG.7A, USG.7C, USG.18A, USG.19A, USG.19D, USG.21