Franklin D. Roosevelt: Mr. President
Following the example of his fifth cousin, President Theodore Roosevelt, whom he greatly admitted, F.D.R. entered public service through politics. He won election to the New York Senate in 1910, was appointed Assistant Secretary of the Navy under President Wilson and became the Democratic nominee for Vice President in 1920. At 39 Roosevelt was stricken with polio. Through exercise, swimming and endurance he fought to regain the use of his legs. Making an appearance at the 1924 Democratic Convention he appeared on crutches to nominate Alfred E. Smith as “the Happy Warrior.” In 1928 Roosevelt became Governor of New York.
FDR was elected President in November 1932m to the first of four terms. By March there were 13,000,000 unemployed, and almost every bank was closed. In his first “hundred days,” he proposed, and the Congress enacted, a sweeping program to bring recovery to business and agriculture, relief to the unemployed and to those in danger of losing farms and homes. By 1935 the Nation had achieved some measure of recovery. In 1936 he was re-elected by a heavy margin.
Roosevelt sought through neutrality legislation to keep the United States out of the war in Europe, yet at the same time to strengthen nations threatened or attacked.
When France fell and England came under siege in 1940, he began to send Great Britain all possible aid short of actual military involvement. When Japan attacked Pearl Harbour on December 7, 1941, FDR directed U.S. manpower and resources for global war.
As the war drew to a close, Roosevelt’s health deteriorated, and on April 12, 1945, while at Warm Springs, Georgia, he died of a cerebral haemorrhage.
Assuming the presidency at the depth of the Great Depression, Franklin D. Roosevelt helped the American people regain faith in themselves. When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbour, FDR directed organization of the Nation’s manpower and resources for global war. Here are highlights of speeches from the only four term President of the United States.
A Total of 1hour 18minutes 22seconds on 10 Tracks:
1. “Grilled Millionaires” – May 12 1938
2. Polish Invasion – 31 August 1939
3. Campaign Speech in Philadelphia – October 23 1940
4. Introducing the Draft Lottery – October 29 1940
5. Boston Campaign Speech – October 30 1940
6. Thomas Jefferson Memorial – 13 April 1943
7. Fireside Chat – International Conference – December 2 1943
8. Teamsters Union Address – 23 September 1944
9. Address to Yalta Conference (last speech) – March 1 1945
10. Undelivered Address (read by FDR Jr.) – April 23 1945
Run time a total of 1hour 18mins 22seconds:
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