Author Archives: brentgstewart

About brentgstewart

I am a 20th century historian with a focus on political history. My primary work has focussed on the personal life of Franklin D. Roosevelt.

The Friendship of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Alfred E. Smith

I am currently working on a project to better understand the relationship between Franklin D. Roosevelt and Alfred E. Smith. These two dynamic men resided in politics during turbulent and changing times, and their influence on one-another undoubtedly influenced each … Continue reading

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Cuban Missile Crisis: How the Soviets Almost Got Away With It

Speaking to the vast amount of analysis and reflection that has been made on the Cuban Missile Crisis, President John F. Kennedy’s National Security Advisor, McGeorge Bundy, observed, “Forests have been felled to print the reflections and conclusion of participants, … Continue reading

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Hyde Park on Hudson

There are certain occasions in history that appropriate a movie production. Hyde Park on Hudson (2012) is one of those movies. While it is poor history, it is a movie worth watching. It is an attempt to tell two very … Continue reading

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A Convenient Relationship: FDR and the Press

“The president’s performance, observers agreed, was superb, his technique incomparable, and his virtuosity of a kind that, irrespective of where their basic sympathies lay, the Washington correspondents could neither fail to benefit from nor cease to admire,” concludes historian Graham … Continue reading

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“Will you join me? Like Hell I will!”: The Emergence of the Emergency Banking Act

As president-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt rode into Union Station on March 2, 1933 to assume leadership of the country two days later, he must have felt the weight of the world on his shoulders.  For most preceding presidential inaugurations, Americans … Continue reading

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FDR and his Masterful Fireside Chats

By Brent  G Stewart “I never realized the full scope of the devotion to him until after he died – until that night and after. Later, I couldn’t go into a subway in New York or a cab without people … Continue reading

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