Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the only president elected to four terms, expanded presidential powers in a fashion unparalleled in American history. He launched the New Deal; fought off constitutional attacks of his bold legislation by proposing to pack the Supreme Court; and greatly expanded the president’s powers in foreign affairs.
ompanion to Franklin D. Roosevelt presents a collection of historiographical essays by leading scholars that provides a comprehensive review of the scholarship on the president who led the United States through the tumultuous period from the Great Depression to the waning days of World War II.
Abraham Lincoln, who began his career as an unsophisticated frontier lawyer, became the first successful presidential candidate of the fledgling Republican Party. As the nation splintered into a civil war, Lincoln wielded his constitutional authority with an inspired wisdom and effectiveness.