by President Franklin D. Roosevelt
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FDR's First Inaugural Address
- President Franklin Delano Roosevelt
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 “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?
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 “The Great Depression” with “President Roosevelt’s First Fireside Chat: The Banking Crisis” to give students additional context regarding the events of the banking crisis and the Great Depression. Ask students to further explore how President Roosevelt was able to get the United States’ economy back on track.