What Roosevelt Thought: The Social and Political Ideas of Franklin D. Roosevelt

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The Good Neighbor

THE SENSE OF LOSS when Roosevelt died was global. He was the only statesman of his time (indeed, of history) who was, literally, a world leader. Ordinary people, whether European, Asiatic, African, or American, felt that he understood their problems and sympathized with them.


American Policy in the World of Nations

What was the philosophy and policy that made him a world leader? Some of his appeal was due to temperament and personality-his light touch, optimism, and courage. But to millions around the world, he represented more than a gay smile and cheering words. He stood for ideas and practices which promised a better, more decent life for all peoples. In his First Inaugural he declared, "In the field of world policy I would dedicate this nation to the policy of the good neighbor -- the neighbor who resolutely respects himself and, because he does so, respects the rights of others -- the neighbor who respects his obligations and respects the sanctity of his agreements in and with a world of neighbors." He hoped that, by example, America could lead the way for other nations-to make mutual trust and aid the core of international relations.

He believed in first things first, and after becoming president he gave

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Acknowledgments vii
  • Preface - Roosevelt: A Practical Philosopher ix
  • Contents xiii
  • 1 - Vision of the Abundant Life 3
  • 2 - Unto Unto Caesar What is Caesar's 26
  • 3 - Government and the Economy 45
  • 4 - A More Perfect Union: The American Constitutional System 75
  • 5 - The People's Choice: The Presidency 88
  • 6 - The Great Game of Politics 114
  • 7 - Truth and Citizenship 142
  • 8 - The Good Neighbor 158
  • 9 - Strategy for Survival 183
  • 10 - Roosevelt: Radical or Conservative? 206
  • Notes and Bibliography 215
  • Notes 217
  • Bibliographical Note 229
  • Index 235
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