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Franklin D. Roosevelt: Life Portrait

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  • LIFE FACTS

    Personal

    First Lady: Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, Wife

    Wife's Maiden Name:
    Anna Eleanor Roosevelt
    Number of Children: 5

    Education Level: College

    School Attended:
    Harvard University

    Religion: Episcopalian

    Profession:
    Lawyer


    Public Service

    Dates of Presidency: 3/4/1933 - 4/12/1945

    Presidency Number: 32

    Number of Terms: 4

    Why Presidency Ended: Death

    Party: Democratic

    His Vice President(s): John Nance Garner, Henry Agard Wallace, Harry Truman

    Cabinet Service: Ass't Sec. of Navy (Woodrow Wilson, 1913-1920)

    Governor of a State: New York (1929-1933)

    State Legislative Service: NY (1911-1913)



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    Did You Know?

  • Prohibition was repealed during his administration.
  • He died two weeks before Germany finally surrendered in World War II.
  • He was the only president to be elected four times.
  • At age 39, he was stricken with infantile paralysis.

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    1 00:00 06:16 A brief biography of Franklin D. Roosevelt
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    2 06:17 07:42 Outside view of home of FDR, the 32nd US President.
    3 07:43 09:21 David Kennedy, the author of "Freedom From Fear," explains about the context of the year 1932.
    4 18:44 19:53 The results of the presidential election in 1932.
    5 10:09 10:33 Camera shots of the desk that FDR used inside the White House.
    6 10:38 12:19 Discussion of the Japanese assets frozen by FDR's administration.
    7 12:30 13:58 Comments giving FDR credit for saving the country from economic upheaval and depression.
    8 14:32 15:36 The proportion of Democrats in the U.S. Congress in 1932.
    9 15:40 17:34 Difference of opinion about FDR library in Hyde park being the first presidential library in history.
    10 17:35 19:22 How did FDR become a Democrat?
    11 19:40 22:10 FDR's two tremendous achievements.
    12 22:12 24:11 Comment on the Tennessee Valley Authority(TVA).
    13 24:12 25:40 Relationship between FDR and his mother, Sara Roosevelt.
    14 25:40 26:16 Arrangements of the house during the time that FDR and his family were living there.
    15 26:30 27:51 The dress code of FDR as a child.
    16 27:52 29:34 Video shots that show FDR and his family in his library.
    17 29:34 31:59 Comments on FDR's personality.
    18 32:00 33:42 A caller's complimentary remark on FDR's achievements.
    19 33:43 34:49 Tour of FDR's house.
    20 34:50 35:57 Influence of Theodore Roosvelt's neo-nationalism on FDR.
    21 35:59 36:57 Louis McHenry Howe, the man behind FDR.
    22 38:56 39:55 Hugh Gregory Gallagher, the author of "FDR's Splendid Deception," talks about how polio affected his life.
    23 39:57 41:10 Hugh Gregory Gallagher talks about his study and his book on FDR.
    24 41:11 42:23 Hugh Gregory Gallagher tells how being in a wheelchair changes his life on a day to day basis.
    25 42:25 43:35 The braces that FDR used and some scenes in which FDR is walking with the braces.
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    26 43:40 44:45 The trajectory of FDR's political career if Huey P. Long, governor of Louisiana, had not been assassinated.
    27 45:50 46:47 The caller talks about the informal entertainment FDR had when he invited King George VI and Queen Elizabeth from Great Britain.
    28 47:53 50:30 Accounts the strike on Pearl Harbor, December 7th, 1941.
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    29 50:31 51:32 Location of Hyde Park. Camera shots of the buildings.
    30 51:34 52:05 Stories about the name, "Roosevelt."
    31 52:05 54:11 FDR's family photos in Warm Springs. Hugh Gregory Gallagher tells about the Warm Springs, "Little White House," in Georgia.
    32 54:11 54:47 Camera shots of the wheelchair that FDR designed.
    33 54:50 57:40 How John L. Lewis and A. Philip Randolph affected Roosevelt and policy.
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    34 00:00 00:27 FDR's involvement with Lusitania Affair.
    35 00:28 01:56 FDR's administration during Holocaust in 1930s.
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    36 01:58 04:10 Origins of FDR's family fortune and FDR's opinion concerning Huey Long.
    37 04:10 05:00 How Eleanor Roosevelt's birthday is now being celebrated.
    38 05:00 08:22 Tour around the home of FDR.
    39 08:24 09:35 Comments on FDR's relationship with the Jews and antisemitism in the 1930s.
    40 09:35 10:46 FDR's conflict with Charles Lindbergh.
    41 10:46 12:11 Explanation on acronyms: WPA, PWA, NRA, CCC.
    42 12:14 13:59 Comments on FDR's meeting with General MacArthur in Hawaii.
    43 13:59 14: 43 Sexual ability of a man with polio.
    44 16:53 17:48 The caller makes a complimentary comment on FDR's project, WPA.
    45 17:48 18:34 FDR's stamp collection.
    46 18:35 20:05 A Fireside Chat on bank crisis recorded March 12th, 1933.
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    47 20:07 21:32 FDR's father, James Roosevelt.
    48 22:28 23:51 Interview with a high school student who learned about FDR at school.
    49 23:52 24:42 FDR's involvement in local community.
    50 24:43 25:39 Discussion on FDR's conception of Social Security.
    51 27:04 28:45 The caller shares his story of FDR's visit to his town.
    52 28:51 30:19 Results of his four elections.
    54 31:21 31:52 Discussion on FDR court-packing plan.
    55 32:02 32:50 Development of CIA.
    56 32:55 34:00 Comment on war at Pearl Harbor.
    57 34:00 35:00 Offspring of FDR.
    58 35:11 37:10 Video clip of the first inaugural address in 1933
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    59 00:00 02:22 FDR life facts.
    60 03:14 04:50 Panelists discuss FDR's greatest contribution.
    61 04:50 06:40 How FDR was viewed by Republicans and Democratics.
    62 06:40 07:25 A look at Henry Morgenthau, a Secretary of Treasury.
    63 07:34 09:20 Problems that FDR had with anti-lynching law and the Southern Democrats.
    64 09:52 12:11 The caller shares her story of her first vote, in which she voted against FDR.
    65 13:05 14:50 FDR and Prohibition.
    66 14:52 17:11 A look at FDR memorial in DC.
    67 17:15 19:40 The caller views FDR as the greatest racist.
    68 19:41 22:21 A look at FDR presidential library.
    69 23:58 24:52 Collections in FDR presidential library.
    70 25:15 25:50 Landscape around the house of FDR.
    71 25:55 28:00 Archives at the library.
    72 28:17 29:29 The caller asks what FDR thought about Neville Chamberlain and Joseph P. Kennedy.
    73 33:00 33:40 The caller gives honor to FDR.
    74 33:48 35:57 The years of rehabilitation from polio.
    75 38:48 40:40 A discussion on FDR's falling in polularity.
    76 42:52 44:00 A script of FDR's speech which he delivered when he was nomiated for the second term in 1936.
    77 44:59 46:17 Relationship between FDR and Churchill.
    78 46:17 48:35 Montage shots of FDR.
    79 48:50 51:20 The caller criticizes FDR's idle anticipation of war.
    80 51:20 53:08 A video clip of FDR's "I hate war" speech followed by the guests' comments.
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    81 53:11 54:15 Food in the White House.
    82 54:15 55:35 Interview with Allida Black author, "Casting Her Own Shadow: Eleanor Roosevelt and the Shaping of Post-War Liberalism."
    83 55:35 55:59 Gravesite of FDR family.
    84 56:00 58:54 Comment on Morgenthau's report titled, "Report to the Secretary on the Acquiescence of This Government in the Murder of the Jews".
    85 58:55 1:01:14 Eleanor Roosevelt's role in the Democratic politics.
    86 1:02:25 1:04:19 Eleanor Roosevelt's encouragement of FDR to run for the fourth term.
    87 1:04:19 1:04:50 FDR's vice-presidents.
    88 1:05:33 1:07:15 Discussion on rhetoric of FDR and his use of mass media.
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    89 1:08:53 1:10:22 Description on Val Kil Cottage.
    90 1:10:28 1:11:28 Comment on FDR's appointing Frances Perkins, the first woman in the Cabinet.
    91 1:11:30 1:12:57 Account on Harry Hopkins, FDR's right hand, who is later identified as a Soviet agent.
    92 1:12:58 1:13:47 Relationship between the Roosevelts.
    93 1:16:52 1:18:15 FDR's physicians.
    94 1:18:15 1:19:38 Eleanor Roosevelt as a fore-runner of public interest in television.
    95 1:19:53 1:21:17 The caller recalls the time of the Great Depression.
    96 1:22:17 1:23:39 Discussion on Father Divine whose house is located just across the Hudson River from Hyde Park.
    97 1:24:29 1:26:09 Complicated intellectual and political genealogy of New Deal.
    98 1:26:52 1:27:22 Cabinet officers of FDR.
    99 1:27:23 1:27:50 Eleanor Roosevelt as a equal partner of FDR.
    100 1:27:51 1:28:56 FDR's education records.
    101 1:30:57 1:31:49 Last comment from Allida Black.
    102 1:31:49 1:32:00 Last comment from Hugh Gregory Gallagher.
    103 1:32:00 1:32:35 Last comment from David Kennedy.


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