FDR's Republicans illuminates the debate over foreign policy that took place in the United States prior to World War II. Robert E. Jenner approaches this issue from the perspective of Republican members of the House and Senate, who eventually came to support the interventionist position of a Democratic president. Unlike other diplomatic histories of this period, FDR's Republicans focuses on domestic components of the foreign policy debate, combining historical analysis and political theory. Jenner recounts the Republican Party's internationalist roots under McKinley, the split of 1912, and the defeat of the League of Nations in deference to its agrarian progressive wing. Taking both a local and national approach, he provides in-depth analysis of the party's reaction to the FDR landslides of 1932 and 1936, the party's resurgence in 1938, FDR's aggressive defense of the New Deal, and the decline of the party's agrarian progressive faction. The result is a broader explanation of the battle that raged between isolationists and interventionists as well as the failure of policy makers to deter fascism at an earlier date.
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About the Author
Robert E. Jenner earned a PhD in diplomatic history at the University of Maryland at College Park. His professional endeavors have included college teaching, research, documentary filmmaking, and television production. He currently works as a professional guest speaker with over 50 appearances in the past year. He has written on the subjects of decolonization in Zimbabwe and the foreign policy of Grover Cleveland.
Table of Contents1 Contents 2 Acknowledgments Chapter 3 Introduction Chapter 4 1. Farmers, Foreign Policy, and Party Politics Prior to 1930 Chapter 5 2. The Progressive Tide and Foreign Policy, 1930-1936 Chapter 6 3. Decline of the West and Resurgence in the East, 1936-1938 Chapter 7 4. Receding Progressivism and Foreign Policy, 1939 Chapter 8 5. The Rapid Decline of Agrarian Progressive Foreign Policy, 1939-1940 Chapter 9 6. Grassroots Politics and the Repeal of Neutrality, 1941 Chapter 10 Conclusion 11 Chronology of Events 12 Appendix A: Voting Tables 13 Appendix B: Biographical Sketches 14 Bibliography 15 Index 16 About the Author