Author and community advocate
Michael's newest book, Franklin and Eleanor in New York: The Progessive Agenda for Prosperity and Security that Became the New Deal, was published in December 2021.
Michael J. Burgess is the author of four books, including his latest: Franklin and Eleanor in New York: The Progessive Agenda for Prosperity and Security that Became the New Deal.
He has also written newspaper commentary and magazine articles on public issues and history in New York State. Those articles have appeared in Newsday, the Albany Times Union, Adirondack Life, and the New York State Archives magazine.
Michael was born in Massena, New York, grew up in Watertown, and graduated from St. Lawrence University in Canton. He has worked as an advocate for older New Yorkers for more than 40 years, including as Director of the New York State Office for the Aging in New York from 2007 - 2010.
He currently is a consultant with community organizations in the Albany area and lives in Delmar with his wife Kathleen.
Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt changed America with a government on the side of the people that put Americans back to work and inspired confidence that the nation could overcome the Great Depression.
Michael's newest book is the story of the Roosevelts' progressive legacy that began when Franklin was Governor of New York as the Great Depression struck and upended life for most Americans. It was during the era of Prohibition, speakeasies, flappers and the new medium of radio in the Roaring Twenties. It was a time when, as Governor, Roosevelt tried new programs that became the New Deal that transformed America. His warm, easily relatable, voice heard on the radio for the first time created a bond of trust with the public that inspired confidence at a time of great fear. The programs, policies and ideals of the Roosevelts have shaped every presidential administration in the eight decades that have followed and their ideals have continued to influence government in Albany and Washington. Their legacy has endured and become valued again during the Great Recession, the global coronavirus pandemic, and resulting social and economic crises of the 21st century.
Michael J. Burgess is the author of four books, including his latest: Franklin and Eleanor in New York: The Progessive Agenda for Prosperity and Security that Became the New Deal. That book was published in December 2021.
Michael's three other books include:
A Long Shot to Glory: How Lake Placid Saved the Winter Olympics and Restored the Nation's Pride
Keeper of the Olympic Flame: Lake Placid's Jack Shea vs. Avery Brundage and the Nazi Olympics
To the Last Breath: Rose Kryazak and the Senior Action Movement in New York