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A Companion to Franklin D. Roosevelt

ISBN: 978-1-4443-3016-8
784 pages
April 2011, Wiley-Blackwell
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A Companion to Franklin D. Roosevelt presents a collection of historiographical essays by leading scholars that provides a comprehensive review of the scholarship on the president who led the United States through the tumultuous period from the Great Depression to the waning days of World War II.
  • Represents a state-of-the-art assessment of current scholarship on FDR, the only president elected to four terms of office and the central figure in key events of the first half of the 20th century
  • Covers all aspects of FDR's life and times, from his health, relationships, and Supreme Court packing, to New Deal policies, institutional issues, and international relations
  • Features 35 essays by leading FDR scholars
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List of Figures.


Notes on Contributors.

1. FDR Biographies (Kenneth E. Hendrickson, Jr.).

2. Eleanor Roosevelt Biographies (Norman W. Provizer).

3. Pre-Presidential Career (Timothy Kneeland).

4. Physical and Psychological Health (Robert P. Watson).

5. The Election of 1932 (Donald A. Ritchie).

6. The 1936-1944 Campaigns (Sean J. Savage).

7. Urban and Regional Interests (Stefano Luconi).

8. Minorities (Cherisse Jones-Branch).

9. Labor (Martin Halpern).

10. Business (Patrick D. Reagan).

11. Opponents at Home and Abroad (Joseph Edward Lee).

12. As a Communicator (Betty Houchin Winfield).

13. The New Deal (June Hopkins).

14. Banking System (James S. Olson and Brian Domitrovic).

15. Agriculture (Jean Choate).

16. Conservation (Byron W. Daynes).

17. Political Culture (Richard M. Fried).

18. Human Rights (Wesley K. Mosier).

19. The Institutional Presidency (Rodney A. Grunes).

20. Political and Administrative Style (Margaret C. Rung).

21. The Congress (John Thomas McGuire).

22. The Supreme Court (Stephen K. Shaw).

23. The American Military (Lance Janda).

24. Science and Technology (Peter K. Parides).

25. Intelligence (Blake Dunnavent).

26. Relations with the British and French (Kevin E. Smith).

27. Relations with Canada (Galen Roger Perras).

28. The Good Neighbor Policy and the Americas (Michael R. Hall).

29. Relations with the Soviet Union (William E. Kinsella, Jr.).

30. Relations with China and India (William Ashbaugh).

31. Relations with Japan (William Ashbaugh).

32. Relations with Italy and Germany (Regina U. Gramer).

33. Relations with Spain (David A. Messenger).

34. International Legacy (Mary Stockwell).

35. Political Reputation (Patrick J. Maney).



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William D. Pederson is the American Studies Endowed Chair, Professor, and Director of the International Lincoln Center for American Studies at Louisiana State University in Shreveport. His most recent publications include James Madison (2008) and Lincoln Lessons (2009).
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“Overall this is a great addition to the literature on Franklin Roosevelt, combining as it does an encapsulation of all the historical research about him and his presidency in every aspect from conservation and the Supreme Court to war policy and relations with Canada.”  (Expofairs, 13 March 2013)

“So librarians who have readers with an interest in this subject should watch out for further books in the series.”  (Reference Reviews, 2012)

"The range of essays, each with endnotes and further readings, is impressive; the book covers not only the usual subjects such as the New Deal, foreign relations, and the presidential elections, but other less discussed issues such as conditions and treatment of minorities and land conservation . . . For serious students of FDR's presidency, from undergraduates to faculty and scholars, this is an indispensable foundational source." (Library Journal, 2011)

“This masterful work will be used by all students of the Roosevelt era.  An indispensible guide to FDR's career, it reviews existing analysis of his life and times and raises new questions about the impact of his presidency on the American nation. Relevant to contemporary issues, it brings historical insight to bear on current debates of political leadership and the role of government.” – Maurine H. Beasley, University of Maryland, author of Eleanor Roosevelt: Transformative First Lady

“These essays covering every relevant topic about FDR are essential in understanding our 32nd president. Pederson’s Companion to Franklin D. Roosevelt is a must read for all interested in the presidency, leadership and 20th century history.” – Frank J. Williams, retired Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court and co-editor of Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Transformation of the Supreme Court

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