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When Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected President of the United States, the country was in the grips of the Great Depression. At his inauguration on March 4, 1933, he delivered this famous speech in which he addresses the growing fear that plagued a nation in crisis — "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself."Pair "FDR's First Inaugural Address" with Huey P. Long's "Every Man a King" speech to teach students about the history of wealth inequality in America. Do FDR and Huey P. Long share the same ideas about how to overcome it?
In "The Great Depression," Kubic explores the causes and effects of the Great Depression, as well as the economic reforms that resulted from this era.Pair the “Every Man a King” broadcast speech, given by Louisiana state governor Huey P. Long, with “The Great Depression.” Note the similarities and differences between how the two elected officials chose to address the American audience and their concerns. Did the messages carry different tones or meanings? Did both officials take the same approach to addressing the problems and solutions of the Great Depression?
In "Serving in Florida: Excerpt from Nickel and Dimed," author Barbara Ehrenreich talks about the first steps and early struggles in her social experiment.Pair "Every Man a King" with “Serving in Florida: Excerpt from 'Nickel and Dimed'” and ask what these two texts - from completely different decades - have in common. How has social mobility changed since Long's speech? Do you think his ideas would help solve today's economic problems?