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Franklin Roosevelt



  • An FDR-Size Executive Order for Biden

    by Thomas Geoghegan

    Joseph Biden should issue an executive order requiring federal contracts go to firms with collective bargaining agreements in place, boosting wages, strengthening organized labor, and stimulating economic recovery. 



  • How Biden Can Govern in Spite of Everything

    by Kevin Baker

    Joe Biden's chances for success rest with demonstrating his empathy for Americans' problems. "Franklin Roosevelt was 'the only man we ever had in the White House who would understand that my boss is a son-of-a-bitch,' as a North Carolina textile mill worker once said of F.D.R."


  • FDR Was Right to Propose Enlarging the Court

    by James D. Robenalt

    Franklin Roosevelt's error in 1937 was not to propose expanding the court, it was to fail to explain and defend his popular political reasons for doing so.



  • The Case Against Packing the Court

    by Jeff Shesol

    The main risk for Biden isn't that court packing would escalate partisan war over the courts. It's that it might destroy his own Democratic coalition. 



  • When Henry Wallace Warned of ‘American Fascism’

    John Nichols's new book argues that Franklin Roosevelt's decision to cut loose Vice President Henry Wallace crippled egalitarian politics in the Democratic Party with lasting consequences.   



  • The Future of American Liberalism

    Columnist David Brooks looks to historians of the New Deal era to suggest Joe Biden can succeed like FDR by offering an active but pragmatic plan to pull America out of the hole created by the coronavirus pandemic. 



  • Biden Is Planning an FDR-Size Presidency

    Biden's advisers agreed: If they were going to talk about lessons from history, their future calls might as well dive into the Great Depression and World War II.