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Hope and HistoryA Memoir of Tumultuous Times$
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William vanden Heuvel

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781501738173

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501738173.001.0001

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The Roosevelt Legacy

The Roosevelt Legacy

(p.190) 7 The Roosevelt Legacy
Hope and History

William vanden Heuvel

Cornell University Press

This chapter describes the impact of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt on Ambassador vanden Heuvel's life and politics. He provides a brief biography of FDR and recounts his experiences with Mrs. Roosevelt, from shaking her hand when he was a boy to working with her on political and social issues as an adult. He tells the story of his participation in celebrating the legacy of FDR through the creation of the FDR Memorial in Washington, DC and the international Four Freedoms Awards. He presents two speeches, the first examining the legacy of the three Roosevelts – Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor – on American life and politics, the second detailing the close relationship between FDR and President Lyndon B. Johnson. The chapter ends with details of Ambassador vanden Heuvel's role in the creation of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park in New York City.

Keywords:   Franklin D. Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt, FDR Memorial, Four Freedoms Awards, FDR Four Freedoms Park

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