Franklin D. Roosevelt tells the story of the president who lifted the United States from depression to global leadership
When Roosevelt was first elected president in 1933, America was in the throes of the Great Depression—the worst economic crisis in U.S. history—and the world was experiencing a menacing rise in Nazism and other dangerous extremists. Throughout his four presidential terms, Roosevelt was a steady and inspiring leader. He implemented progressive social reform through his New Deal agenda and helped lift America from economic crisis. He guided America to victory in World War II.
Born into wealth and privilege, Roosevelt entered politics at a young age. His career and world views were shaped by his marriage to Eleanor Roosevelt and his long struggle with polio.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt, our thirty-second president, forever left his mark on our nation and the world. By the time of his death, America had grown to a global economic and military superpower. His New Deal legislation changed the relationship of American citizens to their government. His policies came close to fully realizing Alexander Hamilton’s vision of a government that touches and improves the lives of all citizens.
The book includes selections from Roosevelt’s writings, endnotes, a bibliography, and an index.
About the Author
Teri Kanefield is a lawyer and the author of The Girl from the Tar Paper School and the Making of America series, among other books. She lives in San Luis Obispo, California.
"Kanefield affords readers the opportunity to 'see' Roosevelt as his contemporaries might have. Readers more familiar with Eleanor Roosevelt than her husband will find this title a valuable counterpoint, and students seeking a general American history of the period will benefit from its well-defined focus." — The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
"Kanefield provides readers with an intimate examination of Franklin Delano Roosevelt . . . it flows in a friendly and welcoming style that reluctant readers will appreciate." — Kirkus Reviews
"This evenhanded overview of FDR walks a middle path perfect for middle grade readers. A commendable addition to school and public library collections." — School Library Journal
"Some issues presented in this history are uniquely similar to those present in today's politics, making them worthy of comparison in a history or government classroom. Equally compelling is the number of quotes that originated from Roosevelt that are taken as clichés now. Again, the history and context of these quotes would make good discussion topics for history, government, or English classrooms." — School Library Connection