History for the Rest of Us

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

Nov 22, 2012

During the reign of Henry VIII of England, radical Puritan reformers wished to move from a calendar filled with nearly 150 days when people were required to attend church, forego work, and in some cases pay for expensive celebrations, to a calendar that only consisted of special Days of Fasting or Days of Thanksgiving. These days were to be selected based on...

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...