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

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

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

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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ISBN-13: 9780765610355
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 12/31/2002
Series: Library of Franklin D. Roosevelt Studies
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction, William D. Pederson and Frank J. Williams Part One: Competing Perspectives on Two Great Presidents 1. Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Abraham Lincoln, Ronald D. Rietveld 2. A Comparison Between the 1864 and 1944 Elections, David E. Long 3. Abraham and Mary, Franklin and Eleanor: Their Growth from Private to Public Comprehension, James Chowning Davies 4. FDR and Lincoln in Stone (and Bronze), C. Todd Stephenson Part Two: Comparative Political Leadership 5. Franklin Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, and Winston Churchill, Frank J. Williams 6. The Legacy and the Lessons of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Glen Jeansonne 7. Room for Just One at the Top: The Rivalry Between Franklin D. Roosevelt and Huey P. Long, Glen Jeansonne 8. Jesus, Lincoln, and Beethoven: Three Notes on the Same Grand Chord, James Chowning Davies Part Three: Teaching a Legacy 9. The Depression, Eleanor, and World War II: What Does Elementary Social Studies Tell Us About Franklin Roosevelt? Sherry L. Field 10. FDR and American Life: Portrayals and Interpretations in Secondary School American History Textbooks, O. L. Davis and Matthew D. Davis 11. Teaching FDR to the Next Generation, Matthew Ware Coulter

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