Websites

The New Deal Network
http://newdeal.feri.org/index.htm
The Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, in collaboration with the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library, Marist College, IBM, and Columbia University present a collection of photographs, political cartoons, lesson plans, and documents from the New Deal period.

The FDR Cartoon Archive
http://www.nisk.k12.ny.us/fdr/
Explore a searchable collection of FDR cartoons. Each cartoon is accompanied by a publishing history and analysis. The site also includes links to FDR's inaugural addresses and a number of teacher resources.

FDR Library and Museum
http://www.fdrlibrary.marist.edu/
The official Web site of the FDR Presidential Library offers online resources including photographs, documents, audio, and video.

FDR National Historic Site
http://www.nps.gov/hofr/index.htm
The National Park Service presents a Web site on Springwood, FDR's home in Hyde Park, New York.

Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site
http://www.nps.gov/elro/index.htm
Visit the National Park Service site for Val-Kill, Eleanor Roosevelt's home in Hyde Park, New York.

The FDR Memorial
http://www.nps.gov/frde/index.htm
This site offers information about the FDR memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

American Experience: Eleanor Roosevelt
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/eleanor/
Browse the FBI file of one of the 20th century's most influential women, read the newspaper columns she wrote, follow her through the Pacific during wartime, and screen an interview she did with John F. Kennedy.

American Experience: Riding the Rails
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/rails/
At the height of the Depression, more than a quarter-million teenagers were living on the road in America, many illegally hopping freight trains. Read their stories and listen to hobo music on this site.

American Experience: Surviving the Dust Bowl
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/dustbowl/filmmore/index.html
Access first-hand accounts of the dust storms and eight-year drought that devastated the Southern Plains -- including parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, and New Mexico -- during FDR's presidency.

American Experience: Scottsboro
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/scottsboro/
In 1931, two white women stepped from a box car in Paint Rock, Alabama to make a shocking accusation: they had been raped by nine black teenagers on the train. Explore Southern race relations during the Depression and find out about one of the most significant legal fights in American history.

American Experience: Streamliners
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/streamliners/filmmore/index.html
Roosevelt's era was also the heyday of the U.S. passenger rail system. Investigate the sleek, streamlined trains that revolutionized American transportation.

American Experience: Zoot Suit Riots
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/zoot/
See how wartime Los Angeles erupted in violence when ethnic and racial tensions between servicemen and Mexican Americans boiled over. Site available in English and Spanish.

American Experience: Battle of the Bulge
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/bulge 
This site provides harrowing details about the WWII battle that was the single biggest and bloodiest American soldiers ever fought.

American Experience: D-Day
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/dday/ 
A pivotal turning point in history and the most dramatic single event in World War II, this is the story of the "battle of the world."

American Experience: Fly Girls
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/flygirls
During World War II, more than a thousand American women signed up to fly for the military. This is their story.

American Experience: America and the Holocaust
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/holocaust/
Complex social and political factors shaped America's response to the Holocaust, from "Kristallnacht" in 1938 through the liberation of the death camps in 1945.

American Experience: Hurricane of '38
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/hurricane38/
Learn about one of the greatest natural disasters recorded in North America. The hurricane roared up the Eastern seaboard during FDR's second term in office.

Books

Allen, Peter. Origins of World War II. New York: Bookwright Press, 1992.
An overview of the events and people involved in the beginnings of World War II, including illustrations, maps, and photographs, a timeline, and biographical sketches of the major figures of the time.

Blum, John Morton. V Was for Victory: Politics and American Culture During World War II. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1976.
An examination of the culture and politics on the homefront during World War II.

Burns, James MacGregor. Roosevelt: The Lion and the Fox. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1956.

----. Roosevelt: The Soldier of Freedom. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1970.

Cook, Blanche Wiesen. Eleanor, Roosevelt, Vol. I.: 1884-1933. New York: Viking, 1992.

Dallek, Robert. Franklin D. Roosevelt and American Foreign Policy, 1932-1945. Oxford University Press, 1979.

Davis, Kenneth S. FDR: The Beckoning of Destiny, 1882-1928 A History. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1971

----. FDR: Into the Storm, 1937-1940. New York: Random House, 1993.
A portrait and analysis of FDR in the years leading up to the U.S. involvement in World War II.

----. FDR: The New Deal Years 1933-1937. New York: Random House, 1986.

Freedman, Russell. Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life of Discovery. New York: Clarion Books, 1993.
Written for young people, this is a biography of one of the greatest first ladies, including photographs, a bibliography, and information on Eleanor's life after FDR's death.

Freedman, Russell. Franklin Delano Roosevelt. New York: Clarion Books, 1990.
Written by an award-winning author, this biography for students includes rare photographs, political cartoons, a bibliography, and a list of places to visit concerning FDR.

Gallagher, Hugh Gregory. FDR's Splendid Deception. New York: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1985.

Goodwin, Doris Kearns. The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys: An American Saga. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1987.

Graham, Otis L. Jr. and Meghan Robinson Wander. Franklin D. Roosevelt, His Life and Times: An Encyclopedia View. Boston: G.K. Hall & Co., 1985.

Harris, Mark Jonathan, Franklin Mitchell, and Steven Schechter. The Homefront: America During World War II. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1984.
A collection of first-person accounts of ordinary citizens describing their experiences during the war. Includes a foreword by Studs Terkel and many illustrations.

Heinrichs, Waldo. Threshold of War: Franklin D. Roosevelt & American Entry into World War II. New York: Oxford University Press, 1988.

Kimball, Warren F. The Juggler: Franklin Roosevelt as Wartime Statesman. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1991.

Larrabee, Eric. Commander in Chief: Franklin Delano Roosevelt, His Lieutenants, and Their War. New York: Harper & Row, 1987.
An analysis of FDR as a war leader, the American military effort, and FDR's relationships with his generals.

Lash, Joseph P. Eleanor & Franklin. New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 1971.
The famous account of a very famous marriage, by one of Eleanor's close friends, based on her private papers. Includes a foreword by noted historian Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.

Leuchtenburg, William E. Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal: 1932-1940. New York: Harper & Row, 1963.

Miller, Nathan. FDR: An Intimate History. New York: Doubleday & Co., 1983.
A discussion of the development of FDR as a person and as a politician.

Parrish, Thomas. Roosevelt and Marshall: Partners in Politics and War. New York: William Morrow and Company, Inc., 1989.

Roosevelt, Eleanor. The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1961.
The life story of Eleanor Roosevelt in her own words, based on selected and updated material from her three-volume memoirs.

Schlesinger, Arthur M., Jr. The Coming of the New Deal. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1959.
Part of Schlesinger's award-winning series, The Age of Roosevelt, this volume is an analysis and discussion of FDR's response to one of the major crises in American history: the Great Depression. The book includes a section on the evolution of the presidency during FDR's tenure.

Sherwood, Robert E. Roosevelt and Hopkins: An Intimate History. New York: Harper Brothers, 1948.

Ward, Geoffrey C. Before the Trumpet: Young Franklin Roosevelt, 1882-1905. New York: Harper & Row, 1985.

Ward, Geoffrey C. A First-Class Temperament. New York: Harper & Row, 1989.
A biography of FDR, beginning with his honeymoon in 1905 and covering the years up to his election as governor of New York, including his long, difficult struggle to recover from polio.

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