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FDR – Fireside Chat – Currency Situation

FDR – Fireside Chat – Currency Situation

Oct 12, 2012

October 22, 1933 It is three months since I have talked with the people of this country about our national problems; but during this period many things have happened, and I am glad to say that the major part of them have greatly helped the well-being of the average citizens. Because, in every step which your Government is taking we are thinking in terms of the...

FDR – Fireside Chat – Recovery Program

FDR – Fireside Chat – Recovery Program

Oct 12, 2012

Monday, July 24, 1933 After the adjournment of the historical special session of the Congress five weeks ago I purposely refrained from addressing you for two very good reasons. First, I think that we all wanted the opportunity of a little quiet thought to examine and assimilate in a mental picture the crowding events of the hundred days which had been devoted...

FDR – Fireside Chat – The New Deal Program

FDR – Fireside Chat – The New Deal Program

Oct 5, 2012

May 7, 1933. Listen to Fireside Chat: Fireside Chat FDR May 7, 1933 On a Sunday night a week after my Inauguration I used the radio to tell you about the banking crisis and the measures we were taking to meet it. I think that in that way I made clear to the country various facts that might otherwise have been misunderstood and in general provided a means of...

FDR – Fireside Chat – The Bank Crisis

FDR – Fireside Chat – The Bank Crisis

Oct 5, 2012

March 12, 1933. Listen to Fireside Chat: Fireside Chat FDR March 12, 1933 I want to talk for a few minutes with the people of the United States about banking — with the comparatively few who understand the mechanics of banking but more particularly with the overwhelming majority who use banks for the making of deposits and the drawing of checks. I want to...

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...