Monday, October 31, 2005

An interesting article on FDR's paralysis by Christopher Clausen in the Wilson Quarterly. Although it is universally believed that FDR went to great lengths to hide his inability to move without a wheelchair - I was taught this in school by my history teachers - it is false. Americans were fully informed about every detail of FDR's illness. The myth seems to have arisen because of our inability to believe that a cripple could have been elected President in the 1930s (it certainly could not happen in the television age).


At 12:13 AM, Blogger angela said...

i thought you only learned about endangered species and the evils of virginia slims marketing campaigns.

At 4:32 PM, Blogger alex said...

that was 90% of it


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