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Blackwell Companions to American History #48: A Companion to Franklin D. Roosevelt. Edited by William D. Pedersonby William D. (edt) Pederson
Synopses & Reviews
The only United States president elected to four terms of office, Franklin Delano Roosevelt shepherded the nation through its most tumultuous period since the Civil War. A Companion to Franklin D. Roosevelt presents a collection of historiographical essays by leading FDR scholars that provides a comprehensive review of the scholarship on key elements of this central figure during the two critical events that shaped the modern world: the Great Depression and World War II.
The essays cover all aspects of FDR's life and times, including his political, military, and economic decisions, fully discussing the scholarship to date as well as sketching out areas in need of further research. Themes and topics range from Roosevelt's health, relationships, Supreme Court packing, to New Deal policies, institutional issues, and international relations. A Companion to Franklin D. Roosevelt is the most comprehensive and authoritative source on a twentieth-century icon whose optimism and vitality led America from the nadir of the worst depression in world history to the brink of victory over Germany and Japan.
Book News Annotation:
Like others in the publishers "Companions to American History" series, this volume tackles a subject by soliciting contributions from scholars with a broad spectrum of interests and points of view, creating a stimulating compendium. Leading off the 35 essays are two chapters surveying FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt biographies. Following are chapters devoted to FDR's pre-presidential career and physical and psychological health. Subsequent coverage includes the elections and campaigns, urban and regional interests, and FDR in relation to minorities, labor, business, conservation, human rights, the Supreme Court, Congress, science and technology, and other countries, among other topics. Editor Pederson is a scholar of American studies affiliated with Louisiana State U. in Shreveport. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
A Companion to Franklin D. Roosevelt presents a collection of historiographical essays by leading scholars that provides a comprehensive review of the scholarship on the president who led the United States through the tumultuous period from the Great Depression to the waning days of World War II.
About the Author
William D. Pederson is the American Studies Endowed Chair, Professor, and Director of the International Lincoln Center for American Studies at Louisiana State University in Shreveport. His most recent publications include James Madison (2008) and Lincoln Lessons (2009).
Table of Contents
List of Figures.
Notes on Contributors.
1. FDR Biographies (Kenneth E. Hendrickson, Jr.).
2. Eleanor Roosevelt Biographies (Norman W. Provizer).
3. Pre-Presidential Career (Timothy Kneeland).
4. Physical and Psychological Health (Robert P. Watson).
5. The Election of 1932 (Donald A. Ritchie).
6. The 1936-1944 Campaigns (Sean J. Savage).
7. Urban and Regional Interests (Stefano Luconi).
8. Minorities (Cherisse Jones-Branch).
9. Labor (Martin Halpern).
10. Business (Patrick D. Reagan).
11. Opponents at Home and Abroad (Joseph Edward Lee).
12. As a Communicator (Betty Houchin Winfield).
13. The New Deal (June Hopkins).
14. Banking System (James S. Olson and Brian Domitrovic).
15. Agriculture (Jean Choate).
16. Conservation (Byron W. Daynes).
17. Political Culture (Richard M. Fried).
18. Human Rights (Wesley K. Mosier).
19. The Institutional Presidency (Rodney A. Grunes).
20. Political and Administrative Style (Margaret C. Rung).
21. The Congress (John Thomas McGuire).
22. The Supreme Court (Stephen K. Shaw).
23. The American Military (Lance Janda).
24. Science and Technology (Peter K. Parides).
25. Intelligence (Blake Dunnavent).
26. Relations with the British and French (Kevin E. Smith).
27. Relations with Canada (Galen Roger Perras).
28. The Good Neighbor Policy and the Americas (Michael R. Hall).
29. Relations with the Soviet Union (William E. Kinsella, Jr.).
30. Relations with China and India (William Ashbaugh).
31. Relations with Japan (William Ashbaugh).
32. Relations with Italy and Germany (Regina U. Gramer).
33. Relations with Spain (David A. Messenger).
34. International Legacy (Mary Stockwell).
35. Political Reputation (Patrick J. Maney).
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