“Elected in 1932 as the Democratic Party’s candidate for president in an electoral landslide against Herbert Hoover, FDR arrived at the White House as the nation’s deepening slide into the Great Depression grew grimmer by the day. He did not need his inspirationally progressive wife, Eleanor, to tell him about rural poverty, poor public health, destructive agricultural practices, and economic distress. He had already seen those conditions with his own eyes…for him, the rural poor had faces and names.”

A Depression-era bread line in 1932.

Excerpted from The Liberating Promise of Philanthropy.

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