Sara Polak (Leiden University, the Netherlands) is currently completing her doctoral dissertation on Franklin D. Roosevelt as a Cultural Icon in American Memory. She is interested in how cultural construction (of history, memory, disability, celebrity, etc.) is shaped by and shapes individual and collective identities and ideologies. She blogs about her PhD project and adjacent topics at

The Presidential Juggler: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Rhetorical Flexibility, and Autofabrication

On 12 April 1945, the 32nd President of the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt died after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage. To mark the 70th anniversary of FDR’s death, Sara Polak examines his rhetorical flexibility and reflects on how this attribute has contributed to his enduring legacy. Continue reading