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American Faces, New York

by George Gilbert

George Gilbert’s photo accentuates Franklin D. Roosevelt’s tremendous popularity.  The only president to serve more than two terms, FDR was President for four consecutive terms until 1945 when he suffered from a stroke and died.

Defeating Hoover, who was running for a second term in 1932, FDR promised to instill a plan for economic recovery he called the “New Deal.”  Upon election and the implementation of the New Deal, he implemented numerous policies to help Americans until the Depression could be overcome. 

Leading the Americans through their recovery from the Great Depression, FDR then had to help guide U.S. citizens through WWII.

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George Gilbert, American Faces, New York, c.1940, Gelatin silver print: 9¼ x 7 3/8 in.

Photo League Collection, Museum Purchase with funds provided by Elizabeth M. Ross, the Derby Fund, John S. and Catherine Chapin Kobacker, and the Friends of the Photo League.

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