Rube Goldberg (1883 1970), one of the iconic, Grand Master ink slingers from days of yore, applied his signature thought pattern to presidential politics in the creation of the attached FDR cartoon. Unlike President Roosevelt, Goldberg recognized that the New Deal was naive in their belief they could create and fund numerous government agencies that bedevil small businesses, reduce productivity, and fix prices while expecting the whole time that the national economy would bloom as a result.
A printable article by John Nance Garner (1868 - 1967), FDR's first Vice-President (1933 - 1941), who wrote a number of pieces for the readers of COLLIER'S MAGAZINE in 1948 outlining the various reasons for their contentious relationship.
"Cactus Jack" Garner bickered with F.D.R. on a number of issues; primarily supporting a balanced federal budget and opposing F.D.R.'s efforts to pack the Supreme Court. Within these attached pages, Garner tells how Roosevelt lost the support of his Democratic Congress.
Read about FDR's African-American advisers here...
Two and a half years were left on the clock for the exiled Leon Trotsky (né Lev Davidovich Bronstein: 1879 1940) until he would have to keep his rendezvous with an icepick in Mexico - and while living it up on this borrowed time he granted an interview to this one correspondent from a Beverly Hills literary magazine in which he ranted on in that highly-dated and terribly awkward Bolsheviki language about President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his social programs.
Click here to read an article about the NKVD agent who murdered Trotsky.
A one page history regarding the unprecedented swearing-in ceremonies of the four-term President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882 1945).
Read a 1933 article about FDR and the disaster that he tried to fix...
*Watch A Film Clip About FDR's First Innauguration*
Published ten months after the death of President Franklin Roosevelt, Vice-Admiral Ross T. McIntire, Surgeon General of the U.S. Navy, reminisced about Roosevelt's illness and his observations of the man:
"The Pearl Harbor attack put a pressure on the President that never lifted."
"With the flower of American youth fighting and dying on land and sea, he looked on any sparing of himself as a betrayal..."
FDR's Deadly Secret
Here is a short article that appeared a year and a half into the administration of President Roosevelt and it lays the nation's economic short comings right upon the doorstep of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. The writer articulated how unrecognizable the nation had become in such a very short span of time. The president's anti-competition policies were reeking havoc on an already damaged economy:
"The New Deal plan for cotton is destroying nothing less than the principal industry of the South... There is freshly disclosed evidence that the Public Works Administration works directly toward the retardation of private enterprise."