Makers of the Twentieth Century: Roosevelt

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the longest-serving American President, has been accused of 'spineless government that betrayed the integrity of American ideals'. S.G.F. Spackman shows us that there are other ways of interpreting his policies.

Roosevelt signs the Social Security Act, August 14, 1935On Friday, April 13th, 1945, the morning after President Roosevelt's death, Japanese radio 'honoured the passing of a great man' with a special programme of solemn music surely an extraordinary tribute from an enemy on the road to defeat, but a true indication of Roosevelt's impact upon the world. The President of the United States, for good or ill, occupies one of the commanding heights of the world landscape, and in large measure it was Roosevelt who brought this about.

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