Saturday, March 12, 2011

Pop History Moment: FDR's First Fireside Chat


On this day in 1933 President Franklin Delano Roosevelt addressed the American people on radio for the first time since his Inauguration the previous week; it was to be the first of his so-called Fireside Chats, with which he so often soothed frayed nerves during the worst days of the Great Depression...

In all FDR delivered 30 such addresses on issues as diverse as the New Deal and its stated aim of relieving the economic situation, the impending war in Europe and then later the ongoing war in Europe; the last one was delivered in June 1944, announcing the fifth War Bond Drive. He died the following April, six months after having been elected to an unprecedented fourth term of office.

The text of the first Fireside Chat - in which the President explains the Banking Crisis - is available here, while all the rest of them are available behind the image.
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