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"I said something to her like, 'I'd been to all these historical exhibitions as a child, and I tell my own daughter, who's now almost seven, "Franklin Roosevelt was one of our greatest presidents, maybe our greatest."'

"So here my daughter is, seven years old, shouting to her friends and telling them about Roosevelt. The sense that she conveys in that book and that I grew up with, that some people are worthy of being looked up to, has dissipated over the years. Those terms, 'great men' or 'great women,' my students are very cynical about. But some people do deserve that title. I certainly grew up sensing that about Roosevelt and other figures in American history and I haven't lost that sense."

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