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Reading Guide and Questions for Gerstle, Chapter 4, “The Rooseveltian  Nation Ascendant, 1930-1940” Once again, remember that you always want to think about Gerstle’s chapters as evidence for the  argument he put forward in the Introduction.  That is, how, in the case of Chapter 4, is Gerstle  attempting to prove his argument to you?  What evidence and historical events does he use to  support the book’s overall argument?   These questions are designed to help you think about how the argument and these terms play out  in this chapter: 1. In what ways was Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) similar in ideology to his cousin  Theodore Roosevelt (TR)?  In what ways was he different?  What does Gerstle argue  accounts for the differences? 2. How and why was the New Deal (FDR’s responses to the economic dislocation of the  Great Depression) pushed to be more radical in 1934-35?  How and why were 
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