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A Christian and a Democrat : a religious biography of Franklin D. Roosevelt

Author: John Frederick Woolverton; James D Bratt
Publisher: Grand Rapids, Michigan : William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2019. ©2019
Series: Library of religious biography.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Franklin Delano Roosevelt, when asked at a press conference about the roots of his political philosophy, responded simply, "I am a Christian and a Democrat." This is the story of how the first informed the second--how his upbringing in the Episcopal Church and matriculation at the Groton School under legendary educator and minister Endicott Peabody molded Roosevelt into a leader whose politics were fundamentally  Read more...
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Named Person: Franklin D Roosevelt; Franklin D Roosevelt
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Frederick Woolverton; James D Bratt
ISBN: 9780802876850 0802876854
OCLC Number: 1065732084
Description: xvii, 291 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: "The strongest and most mysterious force" --
Part I. Formation. Son, vestryman, and church politician --
Endicott Peabody, spiritual father --
Groton and Harvard: race, religion, and leadership --
Part II. Faith. Hope: polio and the Great Depression --
Charity: the cooperative commonwealth --
Faith: "yes, a very simple Christian" --
Prophet, priest, and president: FDR in World War II --
Part III. Interpretation. "Who is Kierkegaard?" --
Last rites --
Afterword: Politics and religion in Lincoln, Hoover, and Roosevelt.
Series Title: Library of religious biography.
Responsibility: John F. Woolverton ; with James D. Bratt.

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"Franklin Delano Roosevelt, when asked at a press conference about the roots of his political philosophy, responded simply, "I am a Christian and a Democrat." This is the story of how the first informed the second--how his upbringing in the Episcopal Church and matriculation at the Groton School under legendary educator and minister Endicott Peabody molded Roosevelt into a leader whose politics were fundamentally shaped by the Social Gospel. A work begun by religious historian John Woolverton (1926-2014) and recently completed by James Bratt, A Christian and a Democrat is an engaging analysis of the surprisingly spiritual life of one of the most consequential presidents in US history. Reading Woolverton's account of FDR's response to the toxic demagoguery of his day will reassure readers today that a constructive way forward is possible for Christians, for Americans, and for the world.' --

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