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Four Controversial Presidents: FDR, Truman, Eisenhower, and Reagan  

Our investigations will examine both the personal development of these individuals (their biographies) and the ways they handled challenges during their years in the White House. In many respects, the controversies they faced years ago resemble controversies that presidents face today. FDR attempted to pull the U.S. economy out of the Great Depression and prepare for a global war. Truman had to confront communist aggression in Europe and Asia. Eisenhower had to deal with the struggle for civil rights and Joseph McCarthy's angry politics. Reagan tried to shift the direction of American policies to the right.