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Born in Hyde Park, New York on January 30, 1882, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the child of great wealth and privilege who would do more for America’s underprivileged than any of our presidents.

When elected as the nation’s 32nd President in 1932, he encountered “a third of a nation, ill-fed, ill-housed and ill-clothed,” then shocked the world by actually doing something about it.

Having inherited the Great Depression, Roosevelt rolled up his sleeves and got to work, creating jobs, giving aid and food to the hungry, establishing a minimum wage, the 8 hour work day, Workers’ Compensation, Unemployment Insurance, and the country’s retirement system, Social Security.

As if that wasn’t enough, World War 2 came knocking in 1941 and FDR mobilized an entire nation to win what was in effect 2 simultaneous World Wars, one in Europe and Africa, the other in the vast Asia-Pacific theater of war, in under 4 years.

He was elected four times and served over 12 years, our longest serving president, and one of our very best. Not bad for a guy who was half paralyzed with something called Guillain–Barré syndrome, a condition that killed him just before the end of WW2.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt left America in far better shape than he found it, and life as we know it today can be attributed in large part to FDR’s vision and hard work.

•Suggested Activities: Fearing fear itself, passing FDR’s Second Bill of Rights.

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