Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who died 70 years ago on April 12, 1945, is probably best remembered for instituting social programs intended to alleviate the suffering brought on by the Great Depression and then leading the United States to victory in World War II.
His famous quotation, "A day that will live in infamy" was made in response to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Learn more about Franklin D. Roosevelt through a variety of books and DVDs available at the Manatee County Public Library.
Filmmaker Ken Burns' most recent documentary series, which aired last year on PBS, was The Roosevelts: an Intimate History which profiled Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. Burns feels that the Roosevelts are the most important family in American history.
In addition to Burn's film and the companion volume, there has been a prolific number of books and films about FDR over the years.
If you enjoy documentaries you may also want to view "FDR: a Presidency Revealed," a two-DVD set that originally aired on The History Channel. This documentary draws on archival footage, diary extracts, and interviews with people who knew FDR to relate the story of his presidency.
In "The Man He Became: How FDR Defied Polio to Win the Presidency," author James Tobin discusses how FDR made "the greatest comeback in American history" when 10 years after being stricken with polio at the age of 39 and being virtually written off as a viable politician by friends and foes alike, he became the 32nd president of the United States. Tobin contends that "FDR became president less in spite of polio than because of polio" and that true character emerges only in crisis. He became a symbol of courage, capability, and determination and also helped reduce the then stigma of physical disability.
Released as a DVD in 2013, "Warm Springs," a superb HBO film, stars Kenneth Branagh as FDR and Cynthia Nixon as his wife, Eleanor. The film retells the story of how FDR contracted polio and sought treatment in the small community of Warm Springs, Ga. FDR interacted with the other polio patients and drew strength from their perseverance in overcoming the effects of the debilitating disease.
"Pearl Harbor: 24 Hours After" was originally an A&E two-hour special presentation. This fascinating DVD is an in-depth look at the critical 24-hour period after news of the attack on Pearl Harbor reached FDR. Drawing on new information provided by the FDR Library, the special examines how Roosevelt confronted the enormous challenge of transitioning the nation from peace to war.