Franklin D.Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln: Competing Perspectives on Two Great Presidenciesby William D. Pederson, Michael R Williams
Abraham Lincoln and Franklin D. Roosevelt are widely considered the two greatest presidents of the past two centuries. Both rose to the pinnacle of presidential leadership as they guided the nation during periods of profound crisis. Despite intense opposition, controversy, and personal demonization, both presidents successfully instituted revolutionary new policies and steered the country to safety. Ironically, both died in office -- almost eighty years to the day apart -- just days or weeks before the nation returned to peace. How did these two very different men -- one born in poverty, one born to privilege -- rise to power, run their administrations, and achieve greatness? How did they set their policies, rally public opinion, and transform the nation? Were they ultimately more different or alike? This anthology of eleven articles, written by top scholars, compares these two presidents and presidencies, examining their legacies, leadership styles, and places in history. Concluding essays compare how Roosevelt has been portrayed in textbooks, social studies courses, and in the public sphere. Together, this original collection provides a superb analysis of how the greatest Republican and Democrat in American history compare, contrast, and contributed to the nation's survival and success. The book, Volume 5 of The M.E. Sharpe Library of Franklin D. Roosevelt Studies, also includes a comparative chronology and biographical digest.
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