The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

by Anne Phillips

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Children's Literature
Washington D.C. is known for beautiful monuments honoring past presidents and those who served in war. The newest of these grand structures is located near the cherry blossoms trees and the Potomac River. Franklin Roosevelt, first elected in 1932, served the United States as it struggled through the Great Depression and Word War II. He was the only man to be elected four times and the memorial is divided into four outdoor rooms, one for each term. The third room is a symbol of the war years. Rough chunks of granite symbolize the chaos of war and a waterfall thunders down uneven boulders. Beautiful bronze statues are in each of the sections. One sculpture of an elderly and discouraged farm couple represents lines from Roosevelt's second inaugural address, " I see one-third of a nation ill-housed, ill-clad, ill-nourished." Although the president was bound to a wheel chair, he worked tirelessly to solve the nation's problems. The site for the memorial was set aside in 1959 but it was not finished until 1997. Disputes over the design and the need to install a steel piling support were a few of the problems. The book is part of the "Cornerstones of Freedom" series and contains excellent photographs. A glossary, timeline and map make this an easy research tool. 2000, Children's Press/Grolier, $20.50. Ages 6 to 12. Reviewer: Laura Hummel

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Scholastic Library Publishing
Publication date:
Cornerstones of Freedom Series
Product dimensions:
8.24(w) x 9.82(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range:
9 - 11 Years

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