If you were going to give
a fireside chat about Roosevelt’s presidency, what are some of the
things you would say? Choose five different things you could say
about FDR and write a brief essay including each.
the assassination of President McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, not quite 43,
became the 26th and youngest President in the Nation's history (1901-1909).
brought new enthusiasm and power to the office, energetically leading Congress
and the American public toward progressive reforms and a strong foreign policy.
of Theodore Roosevelt's most effective achievements were in conservation. He
added extremely to the national forests in the West, reserved lands for public
use, and fostered great irrigation projects.
crusaded continually on matters big and small, exciting audiences with his
high-pitched voice, jutting jaw, and pounding fist. "The life of tough
endeavor" was a must for those around him, as he romped with his five
younger children and led ambassadors on hikes through Rock Creek Park in
of the strategic need for a shortcut between the Atlantic and Pacific,
Roosevelt ensured the construction of the Panama Canal. His corollary to the
Monroe Doctrine prevented the establishment of foreign bases in the Caribbean
and arrogated the sole right of intervention in Latin America to the United
the Presidency at the depth of the Great Depression as our 32nd President
(1933-1945), Franklin D. Roosevelt helped the American people regain faith in
the example of his fifth cousin, President Theodore Roosevelt, whom he greatly
admired, Franklin D. Roosevelt entered public service through politics, but as
a Democrat. He won election to the New York Senate in 1910. President Wilson
appointed him Assistant Secretary of the Navy, and he was the Democratic
nominee for Vice President in 1920.
had pledged the United States to the "good neighbor" policy,
transforming the Monroe Doctrine from a unilateral American manifesto into
arrangements for mutual action against aggressors. He also sought through
neutrality legislation to keep the United States out of the war in Europe, yet
at the same time to strengthen nations threatened or attacked. When France fell
and England came under siege in 1940, he began to send Great Britain all feasible
aid short of actual military involvement.
the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Roosevelt directed
organization of the Nation's manpower and resources for global war.
Feeling that the future
peace of the world would depend upon relations between the United States and
Russia, he devoted much thought to the planning of a United Nations, in which,
he hoped, international difficulties could be settled.