Dr. Mark Raider

This course investigates the life, career, and times of Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945)  the 32nd U.S. president (1933-1945).

While paying close attention to the question of biography, the course uses FDR as a vehicle for examining American society’s transformation in the turbulent decades that spanned the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the rise of the US as a global power, the impact of the Great Depression,  and the cataclysm of World War II.

The course utilizes interdisciplinary materials in order to underscore multiple intellectual and methodological approaches to the subject.

The main themes and issues of the class are covered through a series of lectures and/or presentations,  reading and writing assignments,  work with primary sources and archival records,  and discussions and activities.