Franklin Delano Roosevelt
32d President of the United States (1933-45) Quick Facts
"In the future days which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms."
Roosevelt had asked Dr. Ales Hrdlicka (a Smithsonian anthropoligist with some extreme racial views) to study the possibility of crossbreeding Asian and European stocks in order to eliminate the aggressive characteristics of the Japanese. D.W. Brogan observed, "in the years between the wars, the United States was only outdistanced by Germany as a market for race theories, some of them crude enough to have suited Hitler." On one occasion, Roosevelt joked that the Puerto Rican birthrate could be solved with "the methods which Hitler used effectively," an electric current, "very simple and painless," which would "sterilize subjects in about twenty seconds." In the fall of of 1942, he dismissed Italian Americans as "a lot of opera singers". --Franklin Delano Roosevelt