American Studies 8, period 2
13 March 2013
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
On January 30, 1882, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was born into the wealthy Roosevelt family at the family home, “Springwood”, in Hyde Park, New York. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, also known by his initials, FDR, was the 32nd president of the United States. Franklin Delano Roosevelt served as President from March 1933 to April 1945, the longest tenure in American history. He was also one of the greatest US presidents of all time, which was a reason I chose to write my Great American about him. Another reason I chose him is that I used to live in an island that has a park honoring him.
The Great Depression was occurring in FDR‘s first term. The Great Depression was a period of worldwide economic depression that lasted from 1929 until about 1939. To solve the problem, FDR made a system, called the New Deal. The first New Deal was a proposition that dealt with farming economics and business and it helped people get jobs. Many Americans felt it did not offer enough and it didn’t improve the job growth and economic stability much, so FDR made a continuation and expansion of the program and called it, The Second New Deal. The major new piece of legislation during the Second New Deal was the Social Security Act of 1935. It provided insurance for the aged, unemployed, and disabled and it was based on contributions by both employers and employees. Also, FDR led US through most of World War II, and helped US win. He was responsible for getting the majority of the US forces over to the European Theater to defeat Hitler. He met with the leaders of the Allied Forces to plan the Normandy invasion. He helped the allies to get the supplies they needed and approximately 9 million women and men of armed force.
Franklin D. Roosevelt has made many contributions to US, such giving more people jobs through the New Deal. He helped the Allies by providing them with supplies....