Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the American statesman and political leader who served as the 32nd President of the United States.
A Democrat, he won a record four elections and served from March 1933 to his death in April 1945.
A central figure in world events during the mid-20th century, he led the United States during a time of worldwide economic depression and total war.
His program? The New Deal.
It marked a mad expansion of the role of the federal government in the economy, and it saved the American Way of Life.
The New Deal Coalition, a unification of labor unions, intellectuals, artists, big city voting coalitions, rich white people of conscience, daring African Americans, and progressive rural white Southerners, was a tour de force of political machination.
The Coalition realigned American politics after 1932, creating the Fifth Party System and defining American liberalism for the middle third of the 20th century.