Eighty years ago this month FDR founded what is now known as the March of Dimes Foundation, helping contain the polio virus in America and around the globe.
Relive the story behind Norman Rockwell's famous "Four Freedoms," on view for a limited time at Gracie Mansion in celebration of the executive mansion's 75th anniversary as home to New York City's mayor.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt died suddenly of a cerebral hemorrhage on April 12, 1945 in Warm Springs, Georgia at the rehabilitation center for the treatment of polio that he founded.
Seventy-six years ago today on the precipice of the United States' entry to the Second World War, Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered his eighth State of the Union address. In that speech, he shared his vision for a better world, a vision founded by interconnected human rights: the freedoms of religion and speech and from want and fear.
Not long past noon on Monday, January 6, 1941, Franklin D. Roosevelt locked his leg braces into place and mounted the podium of the Capitol’s House of Representatives to deliver his eighth State of the Union address. Newly elected to a third term, FDR was by now a seasoned leader. Indeed, on that winter day in 1941, he was arguably the most experienced and most important statesman in the world....
Seventy-five years ago on December 7, 1941, Japanese forces mounted a surprise military attack against the United States at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. On December 8, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered a speech now known as the "Day of Infamy" speech, asking Congress to enter the Second World War. An excerpt from fdr4freedoms.org describes the attack and its aftermath.
Today, on International Women's Day, we seek to honor one woman in particular: diplomat, activist, and the first chair of the UN Commission on Human Rights, Eleanor Roosevelt, for her incredible contributions to "equal justice, equal opportunity and equal dignity without discrimination."