Abraham Lincoln and Franklin D. Roosevelt are widely considered the two greatest presidents of the past two centuries. How did these two very different men rise to power, run their administrations, and achieve greatness? How did they set their policies, rally public opinion, and transform the nation? Were they ultimately more different or alike? This anthology compares these two presidents and presidencies, examining their legacies, leadership styles, and places in history.
Introduction, William D. Pederson and Frank J. Williams Part One: Competing Perspectives on Two Great Presidents 1. Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Abraham Lincoln, Ronald D. Rietveld 2. A Comparison Between the 1864 and 1944 Elections, David E. Long 3. Abraham and Mary, Franklin and Eleanor: Their Growth from Private to Public Comprehension, James Chowning Davies 4. FDR and Lincoln in Stone (and Bronze), C. Todd Stephenson Part Two: Comparative Political Leadership 5. Franklin Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, and Winston Churchill, Frank J. Williams 6. The Legacy and the Lessons of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Glen Jeansonne 7. Room for Just One at the Top: The Rivalry Between Franklin D. Roosevelt and Huey P. Long, Glen Jeansonne 8. Jesus, Lincoln, and Beethoven: Three Notes on the Same Grand Chord, James Chowning Davies Part Three: Teaching a Legacy 9. The Depression, Eleanor, and World War II: What Does Elementary Social Studies Tell Us About Franklin Roosevelt? Sherry L. Field 10. FDR and American Life: Portrayals and Interpretations in Secondary School American History Textbooks, O. L. Davis and Matthew D. Davis 11. Teaching FDR to the Next Generation, Matthew Ware Coulter