Messenger:  Franklin Delano Roosevelt

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Franklin Roosevelt was a confident man who believed in empowering all people.  He acted upon the ideals that a strong America is only possible when every member of the community is accepted, protected and given an opportunity to succeed.

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FDR: Fireside chats -- Collection of inspiring and historic "chats" this great President had with the American people. Hear him discuss America's challenges and offer both comfort and resolution. (MP3 format from the Miller Center of Public Affairs)

Talking Union by Pete Seeger (terrific, real audio)

Ruth Etting, Ten Cents a Dance depression-era song  (wonderful, MP3)

Gold Digger's Song (artist unknown, real audio) 

This Land is My Land by Woody Guthrie (real audio)

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Franklin D. Roosevelt

"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."

Strength—Security—Fairness—Tolerance—Hope for a Better Future—Interdependence—Unity

Protector of the People under Responsible Government

Franklin Delano Roosevelt is one of the greatest visionaries of our time.  He is an important architect of the ideals that the Democratic Party has long been known for: Strength, Fairness, Security, Hope, Interdependence.  His main impact was the institution of major economic and social assistance programs in response to the Great Depression (known as the New Deal), leading the country through a successful involvement in World War II, and helping in the formation of the United Nations.

Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek, President Roosevelt, and Winston Churchill at the  in 1943

During this time of crisis Roosevelt addressed the nation for the first time as President on Sunday, March 12, 1933 in the first of many "Fireside Chats."

Of the various reform programs initiated by the Roosevelt administration, the most far-reaching and influential was the institution of the Social Security system, meant to provide critical support for low-income and elderly citizens who were experiencing extreme poverty and despair.

Also in 1937, Roosevelt delivered "The Quarantine Speech" in Chicago. In it he compared the outbreak of international violence to that of a communicable disease needing to be quarantined. 

Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek, President Roosevelt,
and Winston Churchill at the Cairo Conference in 1943

Roosevelt was the first President to regularly address the American public through the medium of radio. He instituted a tradition of weekly radio speeches, which he called "fireside chats." These "chats" gave him the opportunity to take his opinions to the American people, and they often bolstered his popularity as he campaigned for various changes. During World War II the fireside chats were seen as important morale boosters for Americans at home.

One speech he is famous for delivering was his State of the Union Address in 1941. This speech is also known as the Four Freedoms Speech. His address to Congress and the nation on Monday, December 8, 1941 following the attack on Pearl Harbor entered history with the phrase, "December Seventh, 1941—a date which will live in infamy."

Following that speech, the U.S entered World War II with the Allies.

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Franklin Roosevelt — Words we live by:
"We must remember that any oppression, any injustice, any hatred, is a wedge designed to attack our civilization."
"A nation, like a person, has a mind—a mind that must be kept informed and alert, that must know itself, that understands the hopes and needs of its neighbors—all the other nations that live within the narrowing circle of the world."
"Peace, like charity, begins at home."
"We are a nation of many nationalities, many races, many religions—bound together by a single unity, the unity of freedom and equality. Whoever seeks to set one nationality against another, seeks to degrade all nationalities."
"No business which depends for existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country."
"The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today."
"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."




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