The Legacy Of Franklin Delano Roosevelt 's ' Court Packing ' And The New Deal

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For over a decade Franklin Delano Roosevelt led the America people, through the nation’s worst economic collapse and against authoritarian regimes that encapsulated the world in its second, and bloodiest, war. The only President to ever be elected to four consecutive terms, Roosevelt’s political success and immense popularity left a mark on the United States, though some authors contend his legacy is far from unblemished. A controversial figure, not only for his domestic policies but more importantly for his initial role in the Second World War, Roosevelt never wrote an autobiography and as such his role in shaping the nation in the 20th century has been a matter of scrutiny for historians and political theorists alike, and as Kissinger points out his leadership “evoked strongly contrasting emotions.” While some chose to focus on the legislation he passed domestically and associated questionable decisions, Henry Kissinger, Warren Kimball, and Irwin Gellman analyzed his diplomatic skills and ultimately the results of his work in foreign affairs. Rather than critiquing Roosevelt’s “court packing” or the New Deal, the aforementioned authors examined his “Arsenal for Democracy” and later his relationship with Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin as the trio planned out the future of the world. Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger provides a fantastic analysis of Roosevelt’s role in redefining America’s foreign policy, primarily bringing out an isolationist people and…

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