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Electing FDR: The New Deal Campaign of 1932 (American Presidential Elections)
With the landmark election of Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1932, decades of Republican ascendancy gave way to a half century of Democratic dominance. It was nothing less than a major political realignment, as the direction of federal policy shifted from conservative to liberal-and liberalism itself was redefined in the process. Electing FDR is the first book in seventy ...more
Hardcover, 274 pages
Published November 8th 2007 by University Press of Kansas
(first published November 2nd 2007)
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A very clear and concise look at the factors that led to FDR's election, the germination of New Deal policies, the personalities of Hoover and FDR, and how the New Deal affected American society and politics well into the twentieth century. The most fascinating passages are the contrast in personalities and campaign styles that were Hoover and FDR. Hoover's multiple fatal flaws, not the least of which was a brusque personality and an inflexibility to change, are warning signs for politicians in ...more