Monday, March 7, 2016
Franklin D. Roosevelt's Presidency by Linda Crotta Brennan
Brennan begins with some background information including a brief account of Roosevelt's childhood and education, his famous family (President Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin's future wife Eleanor were distance relatives) and his early rise into the political scene. But in 1921, Roosevelt was diagnosed with polio and though most people thought that his career in politics was over, Roosevelt was determined to continue on his planned course in politics.
In 1929, the stock market crash sent the country into a depression, with people hungry and out of work everywhere. President Hubert Hoover did little to help the country get on it feet again, and in 1932, Roosevelt was elected president, taking over the reigns from Hoover.
Elected to four terms in office, Brennan explains how Roosevelt led the country out of the depression with a variety of social programs for putting people back to work. Not all of these programs were welcomed by Congress and he was forced to issue Executive Orders a total of 3,522 times. Before the depression was completely over, however, the world was at war, and Roosevelt once again had to come up with some clever ways to help Britain, while keeping the United States out of the conflict.
But on December 7, 1941, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and the US entered the war. Roosevelt's time in office was often met with dissension in Congress and with the people, but his presidency was really marred by Executive Order 3066, forcing Japanese American to be removed to internment camps.
The book ends with Roosevelt's sudden death and the swearing in of Harry Truman as the next president and his first few months in office.
Franklin D. Roosevelt's Presidency is chock full of information about our 32nd President, some of it already known, some of it a behind the scenes look at his life. There are abundant archival photographs and insets that offer additional information, including on one polio, a disease many kids may not even know about anymore. It is a very well researched work, ideal for upper level middle graders and high school kids studying American History. The language and explanations are straightforward and easy to understand, including some complex concepts.
The back matter includes a timeline, source notes, a Glossary, and Selected Bibliography along with Further Information.
This book is recommended for readers age 11+
This book was an EARC received from NetGalley