Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Person.png Franklin D. Roosevelt   IMDB Powerbase Sourcewatch SpartacusRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(Lawyer, Politician)
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BornFranklin Delano Roosevelt
January 30, 1882
Hyde Park, New York, U.S.
DiedApril 12, 1945 (Age 63)
Warm Springs, Georgia, U.S.
Alma materHarvard University, Columbia Law School
ReligionEpiscopalian
Parents • James Roosevelt I
• Sara Roosevelt
Children • 6
• including
• Anna Eleanor
• James II
• Elliott
• Franklin Delano Jr.
• John Aspinwall
Relatives • See
• Roosevelt family
• Delano family
SpouseEleanor Roosevelt
Member ofAlpha Delta Phi, Phi Beta Kappa
PartyDemocratic
Widely recalled for his 'new deal'

Employment.png US President

In office
March 4, 1933 - April 12, 1945
EmployerUS Government
DeputyJohn Garner, Henry Agard Wallace
Preceded byHerbert Hoover
Succeeded byHarry S. Truman

Employment.png Governor of New York

In office
January 1, 1929 - December 31, 1932
Preceded byAl Smith

Employment.png Assistant Secretary of the Navy Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
March 17, 1913 - August 26, 1920

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, often only FDR, was the 32nd president of the United States from 1933 until his death in 1945. A member of the Democratic Party, he won a record four presidential elections and became a central figure in world events during the first half of the 20th century. Roosevelt directed the federal government during most of the Great Depression, implementing his New Deal domestic agenda in response to the worst economic crisis in U.S. history.

From the FDR memorial, text reads: "They [who] seek to establish systems of government based on the regimentation of all human beings by a handful of individual rulers...call this a new order. It is not new and it is not order."[1] March 15, 1941 -- full speech[2]

The Good Neighbor Policy

Franklin D. Roosevelt started something he christened the "The Good Neighbor Policy" towards Latin America. While seemingly benign, it was entirely compatible with the Root doctrine. It simply required that Washington substitute support of local dictators for its previous policy of invasions and occupations, the latter being the ultimate forms of interference forbidden by the new policy. The historian William Keylor[3] ascribes the adoption of this new policy to Washington's embarrassment at the obvious similarity between its previous invasions and occupations of Latin America and the then current aggression of Japan in China. The parallel was too obvious, and compelled the implementation of a new way to maintain hegemony in the hemisphere.[4]

Washington relinquished, at least on paper, its right to intervene. For direct forms of dominance, it substituted indirect ones, reminiscent of but less formal than those employed in British indirect rule in Africa. Central to this new scheme was support-economic, military and diplomatic-for local autocrats-for their currencies, their national constabularies, and their personal greed. In return, these autocrats suppressed local communists and radicals, protected American business, and performed other favors when called upon to do so. The good neighbor policy and the Root doctrine not only accomplished the same essential goals, but the latter was generally more cost effective and presented a smoother surface. No need to invade to change unwanted regimes. Better to support the local military that would make the changes for you.


 

A Quote by Franklin D. Roosevelt

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US/Deep state“The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the larger centers has owned the government ever since the days of Andrew Jackson.”21 November 1933

 

Related Quotation

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Bronson Cutting“The fight against the abolition of the credit power of private banks will be a savage one, for their power as a unit is without equal in the country. Knowing this is why I think back to the events of March 4, 1933, with a sick heart. For then, with even the bankers thinking the whole economic system had crashed to ruin, the nationalization of banks by President Roosevelt could have been accomplished without a word of protest. It was President Roosevelt’s great mistake. Now the bankers will make a mighty struggle.”Bronson Cutting
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