History Stories
CATEGORY: Franklin D. Roosevelt
How We Got Social Security Numbers
October 4, 2017

And why they’re probably not going anywhere. Read More

The Atlantic Charter’s Surprising History
August 9, 2016

Get the facts behind a secret meeting between Roosevelt and Churchill that produced a cornerstone of the post-war world order. Read More

9 Things You May Not Know About Franklin D. Roosevelt
April 8, 2015

Get the facts on America’s longest-serving president. Read More

Rethinking FDR as Commander in Chief
May 28, 2014

A new book reveals that President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s role in winning World War II was much greater than previously thought. Read More

Franklin Roosevelt’s Personal Polio Crusade
January 3, 2013

On the anniversary of its creation, take a look back at the history of the March of Dimes. Read More

10 Things You May Not Know About the Roosevelts
December 20, 2012

From Franklin’s brushes with death to Eleanor’s midnight ride with Amelia Earhart, here are 10 things you may not know about this presidential pair. Read More

FDR Memorial Opens in New York
October 19, 2012

Almost 40 years after it was first proposed, this week marked the opening of Four Freedoms Park, a new memorial honoring Franklin D. Roosevelt. Read More

Five Presidents’ Rocky Roads to the White House
February 20, 2012

This Presidents’ Day, check out the obstacles that five of our commanders-in-chief overcame on their way to the Oval Office. Read More

All the Presidents’ Birthdays
February 17, 2012

In honor of Presidents’ Day, here’s a look at some unusual ways the commanders-in-chief have spent their special day. Read More

Memo from 1944 Warned FDR Would Likely Die in Office
April 13, 2011

In July 1944, nine months before Franklin Roosevelt’s death, a doctor who had recently examined him wrote a memo warning that the president could not survive a fourth term in office. Read More