DVD - 2012
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Biography of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, from his childhood as the coddled child of wealthy parents, through his marriage to distant cousin Eleanor Roosevelt and devastating illness with polio, to his service as President of the United States for unprecedented four terms during the crises of the Great Depression and World War II.
Publisher: Alexandria, Va. : PBS Distribution, [2012]
ISBN: 9781415716311
Branch Call Number: DVD B Roosevelt FDR
973.917 F287
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (257 min.) : sound, color and black and white ; 4 3/4 in


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Feb 06, 2019

I liked this DVD. 250 minutes long. The policies and persona of Franklin Delano Roosevelt set the cast of the "modern" presidency. He was unquestionably the most vital figure in the nation, and perhaps the world, during his 13 years in the White House. Engendering both admiration and scorn, FDR exerted unflinching leadership during the most tumultuous period in the nation's history since the Civil War. The longest-serving president in U.S. history, and leader through the Great Depression and World War II — two of the nation's worst crises — FDR is considered by many to be our greatest president. In his early years, as a pampered, sheltered scion of a wealthy family, FDR exhibited no outward signs of greatness. With his cousin Theodore as a role model, however, FDR purposely forged a successful political career for himself, until his devastating paralysis from polio seemed to crush his dreams. With the support of his wife, Eleanor, FDR not only recovered, but remade himself into a strong, optimistic national leader. An aristocrat beloved by "ordinary" citizens and despised by many of his own class as a traitor, FDR, for better or worse, forever changed the American people's relationship with their government. The governmental "safety net" he created would be his greatest legacy — and the source of ongoing controversy today. I like what he did for the USA and the poor. The rich should pay more tax. The poor should be treated fair on the job! The workers should get decent pay! FDR supported unions, daycare services, the minimum wage, rights for all citizens regardless of skin color.


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