Era of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1933-1945: A Brief History with Documents / Edition 1

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The era of Franklin D.Roosevelt and the New Deal was a time of depression and despair, economic rebirth and renewal, and mobilization for a war in both the East and the West. Richard Polenberg's introduction to this new volume provides an engaging historical and biographical overview of the period by focusing on one of its key actors. The biographical introduction is followed by over 45 topically arranged primary sources that provide students with a rich context in which to understand FDR's multifaceted role as president, reformer, policymaker, and commander-in-chief. The readings thoroughly cover issues of race and ethnicity, profile First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, and explore the New Deal's transformative agencies for their economic and social ramifications and the constitutional revolution they triggered. A chronology, questions for consideration, a selected bibliography, and an index are also provided.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312133108
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Series: Bedford Cultural Editions Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 251
  • Sales rank: 265,535
  • Product dimensions: 5.62 (w) x 8.16 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

RICHARD POLENBERG is professor of history at Cornell University, where he has received the Clark Distinguished Teaching Award and was appointed Goldwin Smith Professor of American History in 1986. He has been a Fulbright Visiting Professor at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and has published widely on twentieth-century American history, including The World of Benjamin Cardozo: Personal Values and the Judicial Process (1997), Fighting Faiths: The Abrams Case, the Supreme Court, and Free Speech (1989), for which he won the American Bar Association's Silver Gavel Award and the Gustavus Myers Foundation's Outstanding Book Award; and One Nation Divisible: Class, Race, and Ethnicity in the United States since 1938 (1980).

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Introduction: Franklin D. Roosevelt and American Liberalism

The Documents

1. FDR as President
Franklin D. Roosevelt, First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1933
Franklin D. Roosevelt, First Press Conference, March 8, 1933
Franklin D. Roosevelt, Annual Message to the Congress, January 4, 1935
Franklin D. Roosevelt, Campaign Address at Madison Square Garden, October 31, 1936
Franklin D. Roosevelt, Fireside Chat on Reorganization of the Judiciary, March 9, 1937
Franklin D. Roosevelt, Speeches on Conservation and the Environment, 1936-1937

2. The New Deal
Robert F. Wagner, The National Labor Relations Act, February 21, 1935
Frances Perkins, The Social Security Act, September 2, 1935
John Steinbeck, The Crisis in Agriculture, September 12, 1936
Harry Hopkins, Federal Relief, September 19, 1936
Hallie Flanagan, The Federal Theatre Project, May 11, 1938

3. Eleanor Roosevelt and American Women
Eleanor Roosevelt, Women in the Labor Force, June 16, 1938
Molly Dewson, Women and the New Deal, April 8, 1936
Eleanor Roosevelt, Women in Politics, March-April, 1940

4. Documenting the Depression: The Photographs of Dorothea Lange
Plantation Overseer and His Field Hands, Mississippi Delta, 1936
Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California, 1936
Mexican Migratory Field Worker's Home on the Edge of a Frozen Pea Field, Imperial Valley, California, 1937
Small Independent Gas Station during Cotton Strike, Kern City, California, November 1938

5. Right. . .and Left. . .Face
Herbert Hoover, The Challenge to Liberty, 1934
American Liberty League, The New Deal vs. Democracy, July 15, 1936
Upton Sinclair, The EPIC Plan, 1934
Father Charles E. Coughlin, The National Union for Social Justice, November 11, 1934
Huey P. Long, Share Our Wealth, May 23, 1935

6. Race, Ethnicity, and Reform
Songs of the Mexican Migration: Deported [Deportados], 1933
Selden Menefee and Orin C. Cassmore, The Pecan Shellers of San Antonio, 1940
W. E. B. Du Bois and Walter White: The NAACP and Segregation, January-February 1934
A. Phillip Randolph, The March on Washington, November 1942
John Collier, A New Deal for American Indians, 1938
J. C. Morgan, The Voice of a Navajo Indian, April 10, 1934

7. The Constitutional Revolution
Owen Roberts and Harlan Fiske Stone, United States v. Butler, January 6, 1936
Robert M. La Follette Jr., Unpacking the Court, February 13, 1937
Herbert H. Lehman, A Greatly Dangerous Precedent, July 19, 1937
Charles Evans Hughes and George Sutherland, West Coast Hotel v. Parrish, March 29, 1937
Benjamin N. Cardozo, Helvering v. Davis, May 24, 1937

8. Morale in Wartime: A Portfolio of Propaganda Posters
U.S. War Manpower Commission, United We WIn, 1943
Employment Service, Do the Job HE Left Behind, 1943[?]
Packer Aircraft, Lookout Monks! Here's Your Plane Warning! 1942
U.S. Treasury Department, Buy Victory Bonds, 1945

9. The "Good War"?
Western Defense Command, Instructions to All Persons of Japanese Ancestry, April 30, 1942
Footprints: Poetry of the American Relocation Camp Experience, ca. 1942-1944
Hugo Black and Frank Murphy, Korematsu v. United States, December 18, 1944
Pearl S. Buck and A. Leonard Allen, Debate about the Repeal of the Chinese Exclusion Acts, May 20, 1943
Robert Jackson and Felix Frankfurter, West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette, June 14, 1943
Randolph Paul, Report to the Secretary [of the Treasury] on the Acquiescence of This Government in the Murder of the Jews, January 13, 1944
John W. Pehle and John J. McCloy, Debate about the Bombing of Auschwitz, July-November, 1944
Eleanor Roosevelt, Race, Religion and Prejudice, May 11, 1942
Franklin D. Roosevelt, An Economic Bill of Rights, January 11, 1944


Chronology of Events during the Era Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933-1945)
Questions for Consideration
Selected Bibliography


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