Greatest wartime president: Abraham Lincoln or Franklin D. Roosevelt? | The Tylt
Abraham Lincoln famously preserved the Union during the Civil War and signed the Emancipation Proclamation that ended slavery. But Franklin Delano Roosevelt pulled the country out of a devastating depression and led the nation through World War II. Lincoln overcame poverty, depression, and loss, while FDR survived being disabled by polio to serve 12 years as president. Both are undoubtedly great men. But who was America's greatest wartime Commander-in-Chief?
Greatest wartime president: Abraham Lincoln or Franklin D. Roosevelt?
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Lincoln is frequently rated the greatest of all American presidents.
Because he faced an open revolt of the slaveholding states against the Union, Lincoln had arguably the single most difficult presidency of any Commander-in-Chief. He saw the country through the bloodiest war in U.S. history. He was a brilliant orator, and is forever remembered as the signer of the Emancipation Proclamation, which ended the scourge of slavery in America.
More than any other president, Lincoln left behind a nation transformed.
Born in a backwoods cabin in rural Kentucky, Lincoln's childhood was impoverished and bleak. His mother died when he was nine. Both his parents were almost completely illiterate, and Lincoln himself received little formal education. He rose from humble beginnings to become one of America's greatest leaders.
Abraham Lincoln, the greatest President of America.— Q (@treqiel) June 9, 2017
But FDR helped defeat Hitler—and turned America into a superpower in the process.
Roosevelt took office in the midst of the greatest economic depression the country had ever seen. Unemployment ranged 20 to 27 percent, and nearly half the nation's banks had failed. FDR not only navigated the crisis, he created Social Security and the New Deal. Though he came from wealth, he fought for the poor and downtrodden. And during World War II, he showed himself to be a brilliant Commander-in-Chief. He appealed to Americans' higher selves.
When you help defeat the Nazis? You're definitely on the short list for Greatest President Ever.
And he did it all without the use of his legs.
FDR was the greatest president of the 20th century. He bore almost no resemblance to Democrats today.— Ellie Kesselman ♕ (@EllieAsksWhy) June 3, 2017