FDR's New Deal so profoundly altered American social, economic, and political life that it qualifies as the nation's third revolutionary experience. In fact, the spirit of the New Deal and some of its specific concerns are still relevant and debated in American politics today.
This book argues that Franklin D. Roosevelt's work—of which the New Deal was a prime example—was rooted in a definitive political ideology tied to the ideals of the Progressive movement and the social gospel of the late 19th century.
Roosevelt's New Deal resulted in such dramatic changes within the United States that it merits the label "revolutionary" and ranks with the work of Washington and Lincoln in its influence on the American nation. The New Deal was not simply the response to a severe economic crisis; it was also an expression of FDR's well-developed political ideology stemming from his religious ideas and his experience in the Progressive movement of Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson.
Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Third American Revolution describes the unfolding of his New Deal response to the crisis of the Depression and chronicles the bitter conservative opposition that resisted every step in the Roosevelt revolution. The author's analysis of Roosevelt's political thought is supported by FDR's own words contained in the key documents and various speeches of his political career. This book also documents FDR's recognition of the dangers to democracy from unresponsive government and identifies his specific motivations to provide for the general welfare.
• Provides a chronology of FDR's career
• Contains photographs of FDR and New Deal moments as well as edited versions of FDR's documents and speeches
• Includes a bibliography of works and documents cited
• Argues that FDR's New Deal offers proof he was a political ideologist as much as a pragmatist
• Reveals FDR's definitive political, social, religious, and ethical ideology from the contents of his speeches, showcasing the development and consistency of his thought
• Describes the tremendous impact of the New Deal in transforming the lives of the working-class people of America
• Examines and explains how FDR saved capitalism