Why is FDR important?

“FDR” refers to the initials of “Franklin Delano Roosevelt,” America’s 32nd President.  Aside from being one of the most famous presidents of the U.S., Roosevelt, or FDR, is also considered a very important political figure in American history.  His importance is valued mainly because of his various contributions to his country during economic hardships and an ongoing World War 2.  In fact, being an effective, popular, and important political figure, FDR became the only U.S. president to serve for more than two terms.

One of FDR’s many important contributions to the U.S. government was made early on in his presidency.  In his so-called “First 100 Days” in office, FDR was able to lead the U.S. Congress to pass several bills that involved relief programs for American citizens.  The number of bills passed by Congress during FDR’s time actually reached record levels.  During FDR’s presidency in the 1930s and 1940s, the U.S. was experiencing an economic crisis, and FDR was hugely appreciated for his efforts in bringing relief in terms of programs for the unemployed and many rural projects.  With his government programs, many people were provided with jobs and food to eat.   At a time when American citizens were in dire need of basic necessities, FDR was able to bring back the confidence among his people.

FDR’s presidency was also stuck in the middle of World War 2.  During this time, FDR spearheaded the “Lend-Lease” program to help the Allies in their fight against  Nazi-led Germany.  Although remaining somewhat politically neutral, FDR lent support to Britain and the other countries supporting it.  It was also during FDR’s presidency when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor making him declare war against Japan.  With FDR’s support to the Allied countries, World War 2 was eventually won, and this made him a very important figure not only in the U.S. but also across the globe.

 

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