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. * Represents a state-of-the-art assessment of current scholarship on FDR, the only president elected to four terms of office and the central figure in key events of the first half of the 20th century * Covers all aspects of FDR's life and times, from his health, relationships, and Supreme Court packing, to New Deal policies, institutional issues, and international relations * Features 35 essays by leading FDR scholars
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).
List of Figures x Preface xi Notes on Contributors xiv 1 FDR Biographies 1 Kenneth E. Hendrickson, Jr 2 Eleanor Roosevelt Biographies 15 Norman W. Provizer 3 Pre-Presidential Career 34 Timothy W. Kneeland 4 Physical and Psychological Health 59 Robert P. Watson 5 The Election of 1932 77 Donald A. Ritchie 6 The 1936 1944 Campaigns 96 Sean J. Savage 7 Urban and Regional Interests 114 Stefano Luconi 8 Minorities 135 Cherisse Jones-Branch 9 Labor 155 Martin Halpern 10 Business 186 Patrick D. Reagan 11 Opponents at Home and Abroad 206 Joseph Edward Lee 12 FDR as a Communicator 222 Betty Houchin Winfield 13 The New Deal 238 June Hopkins 14 The Banking Crisis 259 James S. Olson and Brian Domitrovic 15 FDR and Agriculture 279 Jean Choate 16 Conservation 298 Byron W. Daynes 17 Political Culture 318 Richard M. Fried 18 Human Rights 340 Wesley K. Mosier 19 The Institutional Presidency 362 Rodney A. Grunes 20 Political and Administrative Style 385 Margaret C. Rung 21 The Congress 405 John Thomas McGuire 22 The Supreme Court 427 Stephen K. Shaw 23 The American Military 443 Lance Janda 24 Science and Technology 459 Peter K. Parides 25 Intelligence 480 R. Blake Dunnavent 26 Relations with the British and French 493 Kevin E. Smith 27 Relations with Canada 517 Galen Roger Perras 28 The Good Neighbor Policy and the Americas 542 Michael R. Hall 29 Relations with the Soviet Union 564 William E. Kinsella, Jr 30 Relations with China and India 590 William Ashbaugh 31 Relations with Japan 612 William Ashbaugh 32 Relations with Italy and Nazi Germany 636 Regina U. Gramer 33 Relations with Spain and European Neutrals 653 David A. Messenger 34 International Legacy 672 Mary Stockwell 35 Political Reputation 690 Patrick J. Maney Bibliography 710 Index 732