The Legacy of F.D.R.

The Making of America

Franklin D. Roosevelt led the U.S. through a depression and a world war. By the time he died, the nation was profoundly changed — and we owe much of the change to him and his bold presidency More »

  • An Enduring New Deal

    A look at how F.D.R.'s programs have shaped today's society More »

  • Photographing FDR

    In an era of great technical advances, Roosevelt harnessed the medium's power like no president before him More »

  • The Other War — on Polio

    A virus left the President paralyzed but fired his drive to spare later generations the same fate More »

  • The Young Eleanor Roosevelt

    The future First Lady learned at an early age that one's prospects in life were not totally dependent on physical beauty More »

  • The Relentless Mrs. Roosevelt

    How Eleanor did all kinds of things that no other First Lady could manage before — or since More »

  • The World at War and FDR's Key Decisions

    The U.S. was isolationist in the 1930s — a sentiment F.D.R. struggled to overcome. After war broke out, he helped the Allies when he could, but the U.S. officially remained on the sidelines until Japan attacked Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. More »

  • The Price of World Peace

    Haunted by Wilson's failure, FDR taught future generations of leaders that absolute moral purity isn't the best way to reshape the world More »

  • Getting It Right

    The nation's ills called for a flexible, dynamic politician, and FDR stepped up and came through More »

  • The First 100 Days

    Faced with a nation in crisis, FDR and his advisers started his first term in a feverish scramble to remake government and get the U.S. back on its feet More »

  • Deal or No Deal?

    Why did the Great Depression last so long? In many ways, Roosevelt was a hero, but some of his policies actually delayed the recovery for years More »

  • The Lessons of J.F.K.

    TIME looks at this prudent warrior and timeless icon to show today's leaders how to lead in a dangerous world, what candidates should say about faith, why civil rights can't be compromised More »

  • Mark Twain: Portraits

    The celebrated author and humorist was feted in photographs his entire career More »

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