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  • 11.
    Yesterday, December 7, 1941Ma date that will live in infamy—the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.
    Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945), U.S. president. ed. Samuel I. Rosenman, The Public Papers and Addresses of Franklin D. Roosevelt, 13 vols., New York (1938-1950). FDR Speaks authorized edition of speeches, 1933-1945 (recordings of Franklin Roosevelt's public addresses), side 9, declaration of war—"Day of Infamy" (Dec. 8, 1941), ed. Henry Steele Commager, Introduction by Eleanor Roosevelt, Washington Records, Inc. (1960).

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  • 12.
    No group and no government can properly prescribe precisely what should constitute the body of knowledge with which true education is concerned.
    Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945), U.S. president. FDR Speaks authorized edition of speeches, 1933-1945 (recordings of Franklin Roosevelt's public addresses), side 5, National Education Association (June 30, 1938), ed. Henry Steele Commager, Introduction by Eleanor Roosevelt, Washington Records, Inc. (1960). FDR was opposed to external interference by government or private agencies in the content of curriculum.

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  • 13.
    I am ... willing to make it clear that American foreign policy must uphold the sanctity of international treaties. That is the cornerstone on which all relations between nations must rest.
    Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945), U.S. president. New York Times, p. 1 (January 18, 1933).
  • 14.
    I want to preach a new doctrine. A complete separation of business and government.
    Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945), U.S. president. Dedication speech, July 4, 1929, at Tammany Hall's new headquarters. Nathan Miller, F.D.R.: An Intimate History, p. 234, Doubleday & Co. (1983). A theme which FDR often referred to in his articles and speeches in the 1920s was the degree to which the Republican Party represented big business to the exclusion of the rest of the populace. This related to his perception of the "economic royalists" (in an address during the 1936 campaign), whom he believed had brought the nation to disaster in the twenties.
  • 15.
    How many people in the United States do you think will be willing to go to war to free Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania?
    Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945), U.S. president. Edward M. Bennett, Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Search for Victory: American-Soviet Relations, 1939-1945, pp. 173-174, Scholarly Resources, Inc. (1990). Jim Bishop, FDR's Last Year, p. 468, William Morrow & Co., Inc. (1974). Eleanor Roosevelt expressed shock at the surrender of these small countries to Soviet control. Roosevelt realistically perceived that the Russians were not going to give up the area through which they were attacked twice in a generation by the Germans. He did not for a moment believe that Americans were willing to fight for the freedom of these little republics.

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  • 16.
    I pledge you—I pledge myself to a new deal for the American people.
    Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945), U.S. president. Acceptance speech, 1932, at Democratic National Convention. James MacGregor Burns, Roosevelt: The Lion and the Fox, p. 139, Harcourt Brace & Co. (1956). This was the phrase which later was emphasized as the name of the Roosevelt relief, recovery, and reform programs.

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  • 17.
    I fear ... that both dictators [Hitler and Mussolini] think their present methods are succeeding because of the gains they have made in Albania, Hungary and Yugoslavia.
    Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945), U.S. president. Letter, June 7, 1939, to U.S. Ambassador to Italy, William Phillips. Franklin D. Roosevelt and Foreign Affairs, Second Series. Photocopies of documents from the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, Hyde Park, New York (1969), p. 226, ed. Donald B. Schewe, Clearwater Publishing (1969). This was one of many indications from the President that he believed that a European War was imminent.

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  • 18.
    I ... believe that in every country the people themselves are more peaceably and liberally inclined than their governments.
    Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945), U.S. president. Letter, April 14, 1933, to Arthur Murray, President's Personal File, Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, Hyde Park, New York. Franklin D. Roosevelt and Foreign Affairs, vol. I, p. 54, The Belknap Press of Harvard University (1969). on government policies vs. Public opinion.

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  • 19.
    I am a Christian and a Democrat—that's all.
    Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945), U.S. president. Frances Perkins, The Roosevelt I Knew, p. 330, Harper Colophon Books, n.d.. FDR's response to a reporter who asked him what his political philosophy might be.
  • 20.
    We are trying to construct a more inclusive society.... We are going to make a country in which no one is left out.
    Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945), U.S. president. From a speech Secretary Perkins helped write. Frances Perkins, The Roosevelt I Knew, p. 113, Harper Colophon Books, n.d.. This was FDR's assessment of what New Deal social and economic programs aimed to achieve.
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