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Spiesman, Sonya||Sherbenou, Edgar||Burchard, Waldo W.

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M.A. (Master of Arts)

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Department of Social Sciences


Roosevelt; Franklin D. (Franklin Delano); 1882-1945


On election eve, 1932, when it was all over but the statistical reckoning, Franklin Delano Roosevelt stood high at one end of the huge crowded room in the Biltmore Hotel. On one side of him was Louis Howe, on the other Jim Farley. The dream and hopes of an economically ruined people centered in this person, and he realized their faith in him. This evening was to mark the end of an era of American history, and a new political, social, and economic system was to rise In the United States. The political control of the nation was to switch from the hands of big business to those of bigger government. In foreign affairs the United States was to move from isolationism to internationalism. This day the country has arrived at a point where confusion and indecision seem to reign supreme. Is it advisable for the government to step Into various areas of domestic life? How can the federal government most adequately protect the civil liberties of all? If one accepts Roosevelt as the founder of a new way of domestic life in America, and as its leader from 1932 to 1944, it is advantageous to go back in time to see what contributions to the Presidency were made by Franklin Delano Roosevelt for this new age. When one examines the contribution made to this important office by Roosevelt, one finds In this powerful leader the unique combinations of traditionalism and liberalism, conservations and extreme liberalism. perhaps even socialism. By traditionalism this Author n«>can th*


Includes bibliographical references.


87 pages




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