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FDR – Fireside Chat – Purging the Democratic Party

FDR – Fireside Chat – Purging the Democratic Party

Oct 13, 2012

June 24, 1938. Listen to Fireside Chat: Fireside Chat FDR 1938-06-24 Our government, happily, is a democracy. As part of the democratic process, your President is again taking an opportunity to report on the progress of national affairs, to report to the real rulers of this country—the voting public. The Seventy-Fifth Congress, elected in November, 1936, on a...

FDR – Fireside Chat – Economic Conditions

FDR – Fireside Chat – Economic Conditions

Oct 13, 2012

April 14, 1938. Listen to Fireside Chat: Fireside Chat FDR 1938-04-14 My Friends: Five months have gone by since I last spoke to the people of the nation about the state of the nation. I had hoped to be able to defer this talk until next week because, as we all know, this is Holy Week. But what I want to say to you, the people of the country, is of such...

FDR – Fireside Chat – Unemployment Census

FDR – Fireside Chat – Unemployment Census

Oct 13, 2012

NOVEMBER 14, 1937: I am appealing to the people of America tonight to help in carrying out a task that is important to them and to their government. It is a part, but an essential part, of the greater task of finding jobs for willing workers who are idle through no fault of their own; of finding more work for those who are insufficiently employed and of...

FDR – Fireside Chat – Recommended Legislation

FDR – Fireside Chat – Recommended Legislation

Oct 13, 2012

October 12, 1937. Listen to Fireside Chat: Fireside Chat FDR 1937-10-12 My Friends: This afternoon I have issued a Proclamation calling a special session of the Congress to convene on Monday, November 15, 1937. I do this in order to give to the Congress an opportunity to consider important legislation before the regular session in January, and to enable the...

FDR – Fireside Chat – Reorganization of the Judiciary

FDR – Fireside Chat – Reorganization of the Judiciary

Oct 12, 2012

March 9, 1937 Listen to Fireside Chat: Fireside Chat FDR 1937-03-09 Last Thursday I described in detail certain economic problems which everyone admits now face the Nation. For the many messages which have come to me after that speech, and which it is physically impossible to answer individually, I take this means of saying “thank you.” Tonight,...

FDR – Fireside Chat – Drought Conditions

FDR – Fireside Chat – Drought Conditions

Oct 12, 2012

September 6, 1936 Listen to Fireside Chat: Fireside Chat FDR 1936-09-06 I have been on a journey of husbandry. I went primarily to see at first hand conditions in the drought states; to see how effectively Federal and local authorities are taking care of pressing problems of relief and also how they are to work together to defend the people of this country...