The new vice-presidential nominee was Henry A. When the economy began to deteriorate again in late 1937 Roosevelt asked Congress for $5 billion in WPA relief and public works funding.
Energized by his personal victory over polio FDR's unfailing optimism and activism contributed to a renewal of the national spirit. : /ˈroʊzəvəlt/ ROH-zə-vəlt; January 30 1882 – April 12 1945) also known by his initials FDR was the 32nd President of the United States (1933–1945) and a central figure in world events during the mid-20th century leading the United States during a time of worldwide economic depression and total war. In 1942 Roosevelt ordered the internment of 100000 Japanese American civilians.