by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt
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Every Man a King
- Huey P. Long
- 1934 (Radio Broadcast)
At the height of the Great Depression, Huey P. Long, a Louisiana senator, delivered this famous speech in which he denounced the rich and argued to "scale down the big fortunes."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?
Excerpt from 'On Drought Conditions'
- President Franklin Delano Roosevelt
This speech, made by 32nd President of the United States Franklin Delano Roosevelt (served 1933-1945), addresses the problems of the Great Depression and the “Dust Bowl” of the 1930s—during which severe drought and erosion conditions led to a prolonged agricultural crisis.Pair "FDR's First Inaugural Address" with "Excerpt from On Drought Conditions" to build students' background knowledge about the causes and effects of The Great Depression in the 1930s.
The Great Depression
- Mike Kubic
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 “FDR’s First Inaugural Address” with “The Great Depression” to both provide an in-depth look at this important historical period and also bring it to life.
President Roosevelt’s First Fireside Chat
- President Franklin D. Roosevelt
In “President Roosevelt’s First Fireside Chat: The Banking Crisis,” President Roosevelt explains the banking crisis and the need for the government’s intervention over a radio-broadcast to American citizens.Pair “FDR’s First Inaugural Address” with “President Roosevelt’s First Fireside Chat: The Banking Crisis” and ask students to compare the contents of the two speeches. In your opinion, does President Roosevelt stand by the intentions he sets in his inauguration speech?
Eleanor Roosevelt: Not Without Her Consent
- Shelby Ostergaard
This informational text discusses the life and legacy of Eleanor Roosevelt, who transformed the role of First Lady and was a tireless activist for civil and women’s rights.Pair “FDR’s First Inaugural Address” and “Eleanor Roosevelt: Not Without Her Consent” and ask students to compare and contrast the issues that were most important to Eleanor and Franklin D. Roosevelt. How do these two texts highlight the President’s and First Lady’s shared values? What differences do you see in what they wanted to change about America?
FDR and the New Deal
- Mike Kubic
In the informational text “FDR and the New Deal,” Mike Kubic discusses President Roosevelt’s New Deal program and how it impacted the economy during the Great Depression.Pair “FDR’s First Inaugural Address” with “FDR and the New Deal” and ask students to discuss how President Roosevelt describes his intentions to improve America’s economy. How does this compare to Mike Kubic’s depiction of President Roosevelt and his intentions in the text? Do students think that President Roosevelt accomplished what he set out to do with his New Deal program? Why or why not?