Week 4 Discussion Assignment – 30 points total
I. Original Message (15 pts) Post a brief (approx. 250 word) message addressing one of the following questions. Be sure to use information and examples from the textbook:
2. Teaching the controversy. Summarize what Polenberg says about the “paradox” of Franklin Roosevelt, in terms of FDR being a very controversial figure during his Presidency. What made his terms in office so controversial? Briefly describe at least one reason why FDR became a very popular, beloved President in some circles, even into the present day. Briefly describe at least one reason why he could be a very unpopular President and heavily criticized in some circles, even into the present day.
II. Response on other question (15 pts) In addition, post a short (4-6 sentence) response to someone else’s message about the OTHER question, the one you did not answer.
Polenberg writes, “Franklin D. Roosevelt’s political career is a paradox.” “Despite his conservative outlook and disposition, he never shied away from change or experimentation. His terms in office were highly contentious, owing to a number of different reforms and the focus of his presidency on creating the “welfare state,” providing structure and assistance to the working man, and attempting – but ultimately failing – to keep the powers of big business from dominating the American economic scene during the Great Depression…. Click below to purchase the full answer at $5