today in history FDR signed the neutrality act. for what you have learned about FDR over the years what would u say he did the best on a political stand besides stuff about the great depression?


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"Fireside Chats".

FDR was the first US President to utilize the media --the radio-- to present his thoughts and programs directly to millions of listeners. Roosevelt was a gifted communicator. His "chats" redefined the relationship between the Presidency and the American people.

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Matt Radiance
Matt Radiance commented
One of the greatest which i assume pretty much everyone would miss him.
Call me Z
Call me Z commented
There was a Q recently about who we'd add to Mt Rushmore, given our choice. To me, FDR is clearly the best candidate
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Virginia Lou answered

Dear Austin Jones,

The more I learn about FDR, yes I am stunned by his greatness. I traveled the river road along the Hudson once, stopped at his home... A museum now, where the life-and-death decisions he faced are documented. Yes signing the 1935 neutrality act was skillful political maneuvering, behind the scenes he was helping England in every way he could...his genius.

On Mt. Baker I used to give talks on the CCC roads there (Civilian Conservation Corps), and I would show a robust photo of FDR when he took office... and then this one the day before his death...someone that KNEW just how close we came to losing WWII.

Yes the diagnosis of heart disease and all, but I believe FDR gave his life for his country.

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Virginia Lou
Virginia Lou commented for your Q, the political stand where he did best...when Churchill asked for help in the Blitz, FDR had to choose whether to a) say no and buttress the USA against Nazi attack, leaving England to certain defeat; or,
b) give partial help and try to retain some defenses for the USA
c) throw everything we could to helping England, and leave the USA defenseless against Nazi invasion.

Well even the USA ambassador said "England is a goner." However FDR chose option c), and the rest is history...England against all odds was able to stop Germany, and the Nazis never got to North America. England could NOT have held without full USA help, and FDR did it.
Didge Doo
Didge Doo commented
We've obviously been reading the same material, Virginia. He was a great man.
Virginia Lou
Virginia Lou commented
Hi Dozy!
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During the late 1930s FDR worked with Churchill (who was not yet the British prime minister) to try to minimise the threat from Nazi Germany. This he did in the face of much opposition for Americans, reasonably, wanted to keep out of any European war. (FDR was smart enough to know that Germany's ambitions would not be satisfied standing on the eastern shore of the Atlantic.)

Joe Kennedy (JFK's father) was at that time the US ambassador to the Court of St. James and worked against Roosevelt, to some extent sabotaging his efforts.

War broke out in Europe a couple of years before Pearl Harbor and FDR did much to assist the British with supplies they urgently needed. Without his foresight and material help it's very possible that Germany would have won the war.

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Virginia Lou
Virginia Lou commented
I did not know that about the Bismarck! I did learn from reading about Turing, however, how crucial was the War in the Atlantic.

On Guadalcanal Day, Rooster had a fascinating Q, and in the process of learning about Guadalcanal I read more about the role of Australia. The utter conviction and high probability Australia was to be invaded by Japan...what onus people were living under then.

I probably discussed that with you at the time and kinda forgot, but I learned SO much about Australia's role in WWII from Rooster's Q.
Didge Doo
Didge Doo commented
Nobody admitted it at the time but there was a defence line drawn through Queensland. Had the invasion taken place we'd have conceded the area north of that and tried to defend the area south of that. We had one attack by mini submarines in Sydney Harbour.
Virginia Lou
Virginia Lou commented
David...I remember my own parents saying something similar... but the (unadmitted) line was the Rocky Mountains, it was said the US would only defend east of that. Some people left the West Coast and moved east, and they were not thought of very well.

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