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Presidential Quotations About National Parks

“There is nothing so American as our national parks.... The fundamental idea behind the parks...is that the country belongs to the people, that it is in process of making for the enrichment of the lives of all of us.”

-Franklin D. Roosevelt
(1936)

Read more Presidential quotations about our National Parks.

 

The Second World War

President Roosevelt entered his historic third term in 1941 mindful of the worsening world situation as well as the strongly isolationist feeling shared by most Americans. Events drew this country into the most destructive war in history and the nation looked to the President to provide bold leadership and guidance in uncertain times. Read more.

 

Did You Know?

Room 2 of FDR Memorial Statues

Polio was a terrifying disease throughout the early part of the twentieth century, and everyone was a potential victim. Of those individuals who contracted polio, just 5% were affected negatively by it, and only 1% became permanently disabled. Roosevelt was among the unlucky 1% of its victims.