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Can Congress Kill the New Deal? (Click Magazine, 1943)

This is a 1943 editorial that was penned by Republican Senator Robert Taft (1889 1953) who explained in the most clinical terms that President Roosevelt's loyal opposition on Capitol Hill can be relied upon to support him in all matters involving his roll as Commander-in-Chief. However, Taft implied, any further efforts to go gallivanting about the Capitol creating any more of those agencies with the New Deal trademark names like FSA, WPA, NYA, REA, TVA etc. etc. etc will be met with the stiffest opposition from the Republicans, who were well outnumbered, anyway.

Taft's column was answered by his opposite number in the Democratic Party: New York Senator Robert F. Wagner (1877 1953); his column can also be read here.

The historian Henry Steele Commager chose to rank FDR at number 19 insofar as his impact on the American mind was concerned - click here to understand his reasoning...


FDR and the House Republicans (United States News, 1944)

The House of Representatives that was convening in early '44 was composed of thirty additional Democrats - but this seemed not to matter to the President and his allies on the Hill; after eight years of practice, the opposition party had learned how to play the game.


FDR's Sense of Charity (A Magazine Advertisement)

The Mobilization for Human Needs charity campaign was the brain-child of President Roosevelt; it was based on his belief that private charities, when teamed with either county, state or the Federal government, could serve the public good better than these agencies could do when working separately.

The attached page appeared in hundreds of popular magazines during the Fall of 1933 imploring the readers to donate to the local charities that were associated with this campaign.


FDR's Sense of Sympathy (PM Tabloid, 1942)

When a 22-year-old expectant father wrote to President Roosevelt complaining that he'd been unemployed for four months, FDR wasted little time in contacting one of his alphabet agencies and seeing to it that the gent was offered a defense job.


''The Roosevelt I Knew'' (Collier's Magazine, 1946)

Here is the recollection of FDR by a woman who worked closely with the man for nearly thirty five years as political colleague, state governor appointee and Labor Secretary: Francis Perkins (1880 - 1965).

Secretary Perkins and President Roosevelt were a vital team when it came to crafting many of the labor laws that are still enforced today. Click here to read a 1937 magazine article about the creation of the first minimum wage laws...


The Art Collection of FDR (Art Digest, 1936)

A printable paragraph from the 1936 pages of Art Digest explaining the aesthetic tastes of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his art collection.


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