Learning from FDR

Our annual Making of America issue shows how the 32nd President turned a crisis into an opportunity. That's a lesson for today

The idea of our annual making of America issue is to use history to help explain the challenges of the moment. No historical figure does that better than Franklin Delano Roosevelt. This is not a new idea, of course--we did a cover image of President Obama in the guise of F.D.R. back in November. But this week, we dive deeply into F.D.R.'s Administration and discuss what the new President can learn from how F.D.R. dealt with both the Depression and a gathering international storm. As former President Bill Clinton writes in his insightful back-page essay, "Roosevelt got the big things right."

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