History for the Rest of Us

FDR – Fireside Chat – Pearl Harbor

FDR – Fireside Chat – Pearl Harbor

Sep 29, 2012

December 9, 1941. Listen to Fireside Chat: Fireside Chat FDR 1941-12-09 My Fellow Americans: The sudden criminal attacks perpetrated by the Japanese in the Pacific provide the climax of a decade of international immorality. Powerful and resourceful gangsters have banded together to make war upon the whole human race. Their challenge has now been flung at the...

Franklin D. Roosevelt – First Inaugural Address

Franklin D. Roosevelt – First Inaugural Address

Sep 29, 2012

March 4th, 1933 President Hoover, Mr. Chief Justice, my friends: This is a day of national consecration, and I am certain that on this day my fellow Americans expect that on my induction into the Presidency I will address them with a candor and a decision which the present situation of our people impels. This is preeminently the time to speak the truth, the...

Theodore Roosevelt – The Right of the People to Rule

Theodore Roosevelt – The Right of the People to Rule

Sep 29, 2012

The Right Of The People to Rule Listen to the Speech: Theodore Roosevelt The Right of the People to Rule Theodore Roosevelt, Progressive Party candidate for U.S. President (August 1912). Delivered from Sagamore Hill (Roosevelt’s home) in Oyster Bay, New York: The great fundamental issue now before our people can be stated briefly. It is: Are the American...

Abraham Lincoln – First Inaugural Address

Abraham Lincoln – First Inaugural Address

Sep 29, 2012

MARCH 4, 1861 FELLOW-CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES:—In compliance with a custom as old as the Government itself, I appear before you to address you briefly, and to take in your presence the oath prescribed by the Constitution of the United States to be taken by the President “before he enters on the execution of his office.” I do not consider it...

Abraham Lincoln – Second Inaugural Address

Abraham Lincoln – Second Inaugural Address

Sep 27, 2012

MARCH 4, 1865 FELLOW-COUNTRYMEN:—At this second appearing to take the oath of the presidential office there is less occasion for an extended address than there was at the first. Then a statement somewhat in detail of a course to be pursued seemed fitting and proper. Now, at the expiration of four years, during which public declarations have been constantly...