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CBU Lectures / October 2003 FDR / Page 1 Franklin Delano Roosevelt Charismatic Leadership Dr. Kristin Prien Christian Brothers University Memphis, TN,

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1 CBU Lectures / October 2003 FDR / Page 1 Franklin Delano Roosevelt Charismatic Leadership Dr. Kristin Prien Christian Brothers University Memphis, TN, USA

2 CBU Lectures / October 2003 FDR / Page 2 Basic Biography Born 1882 Graduated from Harvard, 1904 Married Eleanor Roosevelt (niece of Theodore Roosevelt), 1905 Married Eleanor Roosevelt (niece of Theodore Roosevelt), 1905 Elected to New York legislature, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Nominated for Vice-President, 1920 Stricken with polio, 1921; recovery at Warm Springs Stricken with polio, 1921recovery at Warm Springs Governor of New York, President of U.S., Great Depression and New Deal World War II Died in Warm Springs, April 12, 1945 All photographs (except as noted) from Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, Museum, and Digital Archives, The Growth of a Leader

3 CBU Lectures / October 2003 FDR / Page 3 Hyde Park

4 CBU Lectures / October 2003 FDR / Page 4 Wedding and Honeymoon in Italy, 1905

5 CBU Lectures / October 2003 FDR / Page 5 Hyde Park, 1910

6 CBU Lectures / October 2003 FDR / Page 6 Assistant Secretary of the Navy, 1917 (Philadelphia Navy Yard)

7 CBU Lectures / October 2003 FDR / Page 7 FDR in Wheelchair

8 CBU Lectures / October 2003 FDR / Page 8 Warm Springs, 1929

9 CBU Lectures / October 2003 FDR / Page 9 With Herbert Hoover, 1933 Inaugural

10 CBU Lectures / October 2003 FDR / Page 10 With Churchill and Stalin, Yalta, 1945

11 CBU Lectures / October 2003 FDR / Page 11 Funeral Train

12 CBU Lectures / October 2003 FDR / Page 12 Polio FDR contracted polio while on vacation at Campobello (Maine coast) Despite years of treatment (Warm Springs), never regained ability to walkWarm Springs With heavy braces, could simulate walking Minimized disability – only two existing pictures of FDR in wheelchairFDR in wheelchair Many credit battle with polio for FDR’s sympathy with people

13 CBU Lectures / October 2003 FDR / Page 13 The Growth of a Leader Childhood a life of wealth and privilegewealth and privilege Family connections to to political leaders (birth and marriage) Early ambitions to follow in footsteps of his uncle by marriage (Theodore Roosevelt, US President, ) Marriage to TR’s niece Cabinet position as Asst. Secretary of Navy (also held by TR) Early run for Vice-President Perceived as a lightweight playboy Then…..

14 CBU Lectures / October 2003 FDR / Page 14 Becoming a Charismatic Leader (I) Background - times of crisis (Depression, WWII)DepressionWWII Self-confidence Privileged background Speeches projected confidence Willingness to try anything Vision Restoration of a nation Ability to articulate the vision Speeches Fireside chats Strong convictions about the vision

15 CBU Lectures / October 2003 FDR / Page 15 Becoming a Charismatic Leader (II) Behavior that is out of the ordinary Remaining in public life post-polio Willingness to break with privileged background Eleanor Roosevelt 4 th term Change agent Radical solutions Environmental sensitivity Language (First Inaugural Address, On the Declaration of War with Japan)

16 CBU Lectures / October 2003 FDR / Page 16 Radical Solutions New Deal TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority, flood control and electricity) Public employment Banking regulation World crisis Lend Lease Atlantic Charter and United Nations Solutions accepted by most (but not all)

17 CBU Lectures / October 2003 FDR / Page 17 The Crisis: Economic

18 CBU Lectures / October 2003 FDR / Page 18 The Crisis: War

19 CBU Lectures / October 2003 FDR / Page 19 Eleanor Roosevelt


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