Franklin Delano Roosevelt

1882-1945. American politician who served as US President during most of the Great Depression and World War II.
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Chalky
04/12/2015

Franklin Delano Roosevelt 2

Just reading his name makes me want to take a nap. I'm not understanding the 94 consecutive terms as president......I really should look that up but too lazy :)

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myhistory
10/04/2010

Franklin Delano Roosevelt 2

Roosevelt gets much more credit than he deserves for battling the Great Depression. His early efforts were unsuccessful ... or rather, an initial experiment with expanding the money supply helped, but then the Fed contracted the money supply again and things got even worse! The New Deal also failed to end the Depression; if WWII had not forced a rapid expansion of the money supply, FDR would be remembered as a failure. Roosevelt's real agenda was to usher in state capitalism. FDR knowingly weaved the welfare-state web that now entangles us, fully aware that we could never go back -- the bureaucracy would not revert to manageable size when the crisis was over. Arguably, FDR is America's worst president ever, since he (even more than Woodrow Wilson) appointed intellectuals to influential positions in government (the so-called "Brain Trust") where they have undermined the nation's social institutions and moral values ever since. But the war gave Roosevelt's statism a purpose, and paradoxically, his support of Britain and prosecution of WWII helped save the world. Roosevelt oversaw the transformation of a nation almost fatally damaged by bad monetary policy into the greatest military power on Earth within three years, an achievement which outweighs some of the negatives. WWII was not a "good war" -- it was the worst event in modern history, and it changed and corrupted the whole world. Even the U.S. was responsible for many morally repugnant actions, including horrific mass bombing of civilian targets, which Roosevelt had denounced before entering the war. But FDR didn't start the war, and he did help to finish it... but at the price of turning the U.S. into the same kind of bureaucratic leviathan it fought against.

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Replicantes77
02/09/2010

Franklin Delano Roosevelt 1

This obviously a list made by americans, there is a lot of them quoted, USA is the biggest country of the world, but historicaly has much less importance than Rome, wich is an empire that lasted for more tahn 1000 years, the american hegemony is already coming to the end after just 60 years. Come on people wake up! Where is Ceasar, Otto Bismark, Napoleon, Gengis khan and a lot of others

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JohnSpina
05/10/2006

Franklin Delano Roosevelt 5

This is in terms of historical importance.Roosevelt was no less than the father of modern liberalism.He served4 terms and was popular.He sure is a towering historical figure even though he is not my cup of tea.

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