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Life Portraits: Franklin D. Roosevelt

Hyde Park, New York
Sunday, October 20, 2013

In this program from our 1999 "American Presidents: Life Portraits" series we focused on Franklin Roosevelt's life and career. Historians addressed his early political career, his battle with polio, the New Deal, the Great Depression, and his leadership in World War II. The program, which includes archival audio recordings and film, was recorded at the president's home in Hyde Park, New York.

Updated: Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 5:32pm (ET)

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