Factually, any Historian knows FDR was the biggest crook underneath Lincoln, the cause of mass poverty and starvation during the Great Depression and purposefully entered the war with Germany for profit, which the U.S. funded. Gary Dean Best points out in Pride, Prejudice, and Politics: Roosevelt Versus Recovery, 1933 - 1938, that while the social and economic legislation for which FDR was responsible are spelled out proudly in every American history textbook, "the costs for the United States of his eight-year-long war against business recovery are mentioned in none" (Certainly not). In "America: A Narrative History," we get all the details of Nixon's abuse of power, but not a word about FDR as the pioneer of such activity.
Further, the corruption with which FDR' s Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects in Western states, where the intimidation of WPA workers into voting Democratic and FDR's agricultural policies were convinced that falling prices were hindering economic recovery, FDR decided that prices were now to be raised by any means necessary. Agriculture Secretary Henry Wallace, as thoroughgoing a Soviet dupe as this country has ever seen, described the wholesale destruction of crops and livestock in which he and FDR engaged in order to boost farm prices as "a cleaning up of the wreckage from the old days of unbalanced production." (as Tindall and Shi quote him, approvingly).
Wallace stated, "Well, if by "worked" you mean they succeeded in their goal of raising the prices of food and clothing at a time when people were desperately poor, then I suppose they did "work." Slaughtering some six million pigs and engaging in the destruction of enormous supplies of wheat and cotton did tend to increase the prices of these items. The Department of Agriculture released a study regarding the American diet during these lean years and its figures were sobering: America was not producing enough food to sustain its population at the minimum (subsistence) diet due to FDR's policies while many Americans literally starved to death while FDR and his government cronies made millions. Shortly after the Supreme Court declared the Agricultural Adjustment Act (AAA) unconstitutional in early 1936, Cornell University's James E. Boyle argued in the Atlantic that among other things the AAA had been responsible for the joblessness of at least two million souls, especially sharecroppers and other farm laborers.
By 1941, FDR was practically desperate to involve the United States in World War II. That he used deceptive means to do so is acknowledged by everyone except, apparently, most textbook authors. Thus America' s entire discussion of the Greer incident consists of this sentence: "The first attack on an American warship occurred on September 4, when a German submarine fired two torpedoes at a destroyer." As Winston Churchill confided privately to aides, the president had made clear to him at the time that he intended to become more and more provocative, and that, in Churchill s words, "everything was to be done to provoke an incident." As a description of what really happened, that doesn' t even qualify as a bad joke and is why President Obama returned the bust of Churchill back to England.
What they don't tell you in class is that American History is not based on facts. America writes history in it's favor and to cover up the corruption and lack of concern for anything but making money by any means necessary. Yeah, it sounds good, but it rarely ever is.