Franklin D. Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln: Competing Perspectives on Two Great Presidencies

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765610355
  • Publisher: Sharpe, M. E. Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/11/2002
  • Series: Library of Franklin D. Roosevelt Studies
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 3
Pt. I Dual Greatness in the White House
1 Franklin D. Roosevelt's Abraham Lincoln 10
2 Two Wartime Elections: The Presidential Elections of 1864 and 1944 61
3 Abraham and Mary, Franklin and Eleanor: Their Growth From Private to Public Comprehension 75
4 FDR and Lincoln in Stone (and Bronze) 128
Pt. II Comparative Political Leadership
5 Warrior, Communitarian, and Echo: The Leadership of Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt 154
6 An Evaluation of Franklin Delano Roosevelt 171
7 Franklin D. Roosevelt, Huey P. Long, and Political Leadership: Room for Just One at the Top 181
8 Jesus, Lincoln, and Beethoven: Three Notes on the Same Grand Chord 185
Pt. III Teaching a Legacy
9 The Depression, Eleanor and World War II: What Do Elementary School Social Studies Tell Us About Franklin Roosevelt? 214
10 FDR and American Life: Portrayals and Interpretations in Secondary School American History Textbooks 227
11 Teaching FDR to the Next Generation 236
Chronology 247
Biographical Digest 258
Selected Bibliography 271
List of Contributors 280
Index 281
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