Greatest Presidents In American History: Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) was one of the greatest presidents in American history. When first elected in 1932, he began to lead the country out of the Great Depression with his New Deal policy. This program supplied relief to many impoverished Americans through agencies such as the Works Progress Administration and the Civilian Conservation Corps. The country still had a long way to go when the Second World War began in 1939. Fortunately, the economic boost of wartime would rocket the United States out of the Depression. Franklin Roosevelt’s leadership skills and foreign policy during World War II caused economic benefit for the United States and led to newfound global power which was used to promote his ideals of democracy and peace globally. …show more content…

Roosevelt was supported in these efforts by a dramatic transformation in public opinion away from the ideals of isolationism and non interventionism common in the 1930s and toward overwhelming agreement that the United States should play a leading role in the postwar order and in a collective security organization to keep the peace. Roosevelt made it the responsibility of the United States to ensure that the world would remain at peace. In a congressional address, Roosevelt said, “The United States now exerts a tremendous (vast) influence in the cause of peace (throughout all the world)... We (It) will continue to exert that influence, only if we are (it is) willing to continue to share in the responsibility for keeping the peace.” In order to fulfill his goal of being an international peacekeeper, Roosevelt pushed for the use of democracy

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