The Birth of the United Nations in San Francisco

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June 26 marks the 70th anniversary of the signing of the United Nations Charter in San Francisco. It was one of the most significant, but also forgotten, moments in The City’s history. How did the creation of the UN relate to the Treasure Island world’s fair, and why was its headquarters not built in San Francisco or Marin as planned? The United Nations was the last and greatest of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s attempts to extend his New Deal to the world. Dr. Gray Brechin will examine what has happened to the UN in a new century of perpetual war.

Dr. Brechin is an historical geographer as well as the author of Imperial San Francisco. He is also the founder and project scholar of the Living New Deal Project.

Presented by the San Francisco History Center of the San Francisco Public Library.  All programs at the Library are free.

Image: Plan for a United Nations headquarters in Mill Valley

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