Franklin Delano Roosevelt (January 30, 1882 – April 12, 1945), also known by his initials, FDR, was the 32nd President of the United States (1933–1945) and a central figure in world events during the mid-20th century, leading the United States during a time of worldwide economic crisis and world war. The only American president elected to more than two terms, he facilitated a durable coalition that realigned American politics for decades. FDR defeated incumbent Republican Herbert Hoover in November 1932, at the depths of the Great Depression. FDR's persistent optimism and activism contributed to a renewal of the national spirit. He worked closely with Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin in leading the Allies against Germany and Japan in World War II, but died just as ...
President Franklin D. Roosevelt was told that he would die just nine months before a stroke claimed his life, a newly released memo reveals.
On July 10, 1944, just months before the presidential elections, a physician wrote he did not believe Roosevelt would be able to complete fourth term in office.
He said the pressures of presidency would make his health deteriorate further and he would succumb to heart failure.
Dr Frank Lahey wrote up the memo so his objections were on record in case the worst came to pass.
It was held in a safe in his clinic in Bedford, Massachussetts, for the past 67 ...
In response to the Depression that hung over the nation in the early 1930s, newly-elected President Franklin D. Roosevelt created many programs designed to put Americans back to work. One of those programs was the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). It was designed to bring together the nation's young men and the land in an effort to save them both. It was only 37 days from FDR's inauguration on March 4, 1933, to the induction of the first CCC enrollee. It was open to men between the ages of 18 and 25 (changed in 1937 to 17-28) who were unmarried, unemployed and physically sound. Young men ...
By Isabel Gonçalves21 January 2009 @ 12:59 am AEST
As Barack Obama readies himself to be sworn in as President of a nation in economic distress, many comparisons are being drawn to his inaugural speech and that of Franklin D. Roosevelt's during the Great Depression.
Obama is an outspoken admirer of both Abraham Lincoln and Roosevelt, and his recent speeches -- including at the Lincoln Memorial concert Sunday -- illustrate that. A couple of Obama's lines are reminiscent of what the nation heard in inaugural speeches in 1861 and 1933, when the economy was in worse shape than today. ...
FDR Dedicates His Library FDR Dedicates His Library
FDR speaks at the dedication of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library in Hyde Park N.Y. on June 30, 1941.
Our Plain Duty FDR and America's Social Security Our Plain Duty FDR and America's Social Security
This film, produced by the Pare Lorentz Center at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, commemorates the 75th Anniversary of Social Secu...