Franklin Delano Roosevelt

The Great Depression

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Franklin d roosevelt served for 12 years and four terms, and was the only president ever to serve more than eight years. He was a central figure in world events during the mid-20th century, leading the United States during a time of worldwide economic depression and total war. A dominant leader of the Democratic party, he built a New deal coalition that realigned American politics after 1932, as his New Deal domestic policies defined American liberalism for the middle third of the 20th century.

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FDR brought the US through the great depression by introducing the idea of big government and a greatly expanded the role of the federal government in social services. Revised versions of several of the programs and agencies which began in his first two terms are still in place. He helped reform banking pushed, rural electrification and the TVA and started social security.

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Franklin D. Roosevelt was the only president to be elected for four terms.
The 1944 presidential election pitted Franklin Roosevelt against one of his neighbors.

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He created the New Deal, which combated high unemployment through public works jobs. He created Social Security and gave labor unions more rights, especially when it came to organizing and a more equal footing when it came to bargaining with management. FDR also signed into law the minimum wage and the forty-hour work week.

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