By the Fireside

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.

32nd President of the United States, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, was born on this day in 1882. He died in office on April 12, 1945, just weeks before World War II ended.

Roosevelt is remembered for many things, including an expansion of government through many of his programs. But he was also known for his fireside chats, a series of 28 evening radio addresses given between 1933 and 1944.

In those addresses he spoke about the Emergency Banking Act in response to the Banking Crisis, the recession, New Deal initiatives, and the progress of World War II.

In times of national despair and uncertainty, Roosevelt was the voice of assurance and comfort.

A list of the addresses with either the transcript or the audio, can be found at this link on Wikipedia.

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