Harry H. Woodring: A Political Biography of FDR's Controversial Secretary of War

Harry H. Woodring: A Political Biography of FDR's Controversial Secretary of War

Harry H. Woodring: A Political Biography of FDR's Controversial Secretary of War

Harry H. Woodring: A Political Biography of FDR's Controversial Secretary of War

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Few American Presidents have been more respected, admired, and loved than Franklin D. Roosevelt. in the eyes of many he was, and still is, looked upon as a man who could do no wrong. Thus, there has been a tendency to disregard, ignore, or ridicule those administrative officials who disagreed with his policies and did what they could to change them. the numerous accounts of United States foreign and military policy from 1937 through 1940 have been limited primarily to the activities of those members of the Roosevelt administration who, along with the President, worked to aid the Allies. There were, nevertheless, a few men in the War Department and in Congress who opposed sending military aid to Britain and France as long as the United States Army was so ill equipped. the men who opposed the President’s military-aid policy were not ignorant or disloyal; they were intelligent, patriotic Americans who believed that such a program was endangering the national security. This is the story of one of those men.

Any person familiar with the administration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt is undoubtedly aware of many of the key figures who surrounded that well-known Chief Executive. the names of such cabinet members as Cordell Hull, Henry Morgenthau, Jr., Harry Hopkins, Harold Ickes, Frances Perkins, Henry Wallace, James Farley, Dan Roper, Claude Swanson, and Henry Stimson are all well known. There is, however, a colleague of those individuals who is virtually unheard of. That person is Harry H. Woodring, who served as Secretary of War from 1936 to mid 1940.

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