President Roosevelt 's New Deal

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Franklin Delano Roosevelt is consistently listed just behind Lincoln and Washington on ratings of American presidents by many historians. There are even some media sources, such as Newsweek and the Schlesinger Presidential Poll that list FDR as the top modern president. He was loved by the American people at the time, as evident by his four terms, the only president to do so. To the average and uninformed American, this may seem to be a fair assessment of the president that led his country out of the Great Depression and through World War II. President Roosevelt’s New Deal undoubtedly strengthened American confidence while significantly extending the scope of American government. While FDR has built his high rating on his achievements and influence, this is not the criteria that should be used to judge a leader of his position. The President’s conduct should be judged on the moral principles and ideals that this country was founded upon; FDR failed tremendously in this area. On January 14th, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Presidential Proclamation No. 2537, requiring aliens from World War opposition countries, such as Italy, Germany and Japan, to register with the United States Department of Justice. The west coast of the United States was occupied by a large population of Japanese Americans, generating a fear of sabotage from within the country. This proclamation allowed the arrest, detention and internment of enemy aliens who violated restricted areas, even
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