My Own Story: From Private and Public Papers

My Own Story: From Private and Public Papers

by Franklin Roosevelt
My Own Story: From Private and Public Papers

My Own Story: From Private and Public Papers

by Franklin Roosevelt


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This volume is in many ways Roosevelt's political autobiography. It permits Roosevelt, in his own words, to tell what he intended to do and what he tried to do as a political leader. It differs sharply from a memoir in that it explains why Roosevelt acted without offering justification or explanation. Donald Day chooses passages that reveal all Roosevelt's dimensions - his humor, personal magnetism, and his insights into the outlook of the American people.Each document reveals a stage in Roosevelt's thinking and at the same time provides the flavor of his personality. The chapters trace his development as a social and political thinker, and also as a unique personality. This unique autobiography begins on "a very hot Saturday morning in 1910 at the policeman's picnic in Fairview when ‘I started to make the acquaintance of that part of Dutchess County that lays outside of the town of Hyde Park. …On that joyous occasion of clams and sauerkraut and real beer I made my first speech, and I have been apologizing for it ever since."The book carries the reader through the highlights of Roosevelt's American domestic policies, foreign dangers, and his personal reflections on the best course of action in each moment of his presidency. The book ends with the last words Roosevelt ever wrote, when he was working on an address to have been delivered on Jefferson Day: "The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. Let us move forward with strong and active faith." The day was April 12, 1945, the day of his death. The book remains timely and moving.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781138528550
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 09/14/2017
Pages: 461
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue; I: Political Apprenticeship; One: Kidnapped into Politics; Two: In the Big Puddle; Three: “I Hate War; I Have Seen War”; Four: “Not a Landslide but an Earthquake”; II: The Long Wait; Five: Fate Deals a Hand; Six: “Good Neighborman”; III: Good Neighborman to New York; Seven: Back in the Main Channel; Eight: “The Objectives Were the Same”; Nine: “I Pledge You to a New Deal”; IV: Good Neighborman to the Nation; Ten: “The Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself”; Eleven: “One Hundred Great Days”; Twelve: He Kept Dealing New Hands; Thirteen: Straights and Flushes and Lots of Deuces; Fourteen: The Court Ordered the Old Deck; Fifteen: Declaration of Economic Independence; Sixteen: “I See One Third of a Nation Ill-housed, Ill-clad, Ill-nourished”; Seventeen: “Fire Burn, and Cauldron Bubble”; Eighteen: The First Cold War; Nineteen: “A Date That Will Live in Infamy”; V: One Gangland or One Neighborhood; Twenty: “Angered Forces of Common Humanity”; Twenty-One: “Hit Him and Hit Him Again”; Twenty-Two: Through the Mists: One Neighborhood; Twenty-Three: “To Go Back to My Home on the Hudson”; Epilogue
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