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This American President is a history podcast that delves into the lives and legacies of the men who have occupied the White House. Each episode immerses you in an era of history by examining the life of a U.S. President. Hosted by Richard Lim and produced by Michael Neal.

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The Inscrutable Man Part II (Franklin D. Roosevelt)

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In the first episode of this two-part series on FDR, we explored the man, his times, and the unusual circumstances surrounding the 1944 Democratic Convention. We discussed FDR’s legendary poker face, his deteriorating health, the fact that his doctor warned him that he couldn’t survive a fourth term, and his dream to create the United Nations; an organization he hoped would make future world wars impossible. We also discussed the Democratic Party bosses’ successful effort to remove Henry Wallace as Vice President from the ticket in 1944. But as we said earlier, big questions remained. Could the Allies secure a long-lasting peace in the postwar world? Could the United States work with the Soviet Union? Would the United Nations work? Could FDR achieve his vision despite his failing health? We will explore the answers to these questions on this episode of This American President.


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Show Notes

If you want to learn more about today’s episode, check out the book His Final Battle: The Last months of Franklin Roosevelt by Joseph Lelyveld, Traitor to His Class: The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt by H W Brands, and American Dreamer: A Life of Henry A Wallace by John C Culver and John Hyde.

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