Fdr: New Deal and Call to War Speeches Essay

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On March 4, 1933, newly elected President Franklin D. Roosevelt spoke to the nation, mired in a deep economic depression, in what would be the first of his four inaugural addresses. Roughly eight years later in January of 1941, he delivered his annual State of the Union address to congress. The subject of each speech is very different, yet his message the same. In each speech he outlines a direct threat to our freedom, our democracy, and our way of life; and in each he proposes his solutions to meet those threats head on. Each speech is a call to arms, a plea to the nation to faithfully follow his lead and support his proposed solutions. The first speech deals with the Great Depression and his proposal of the New Deal, and focuses on the nation itself. The 1941 address paints a picture of a world in turmoil and the United States’ role in an intensifying world war. In this essay, we will examine each speech, the parallels between them, and the President’s response to each threat. In his 1933 inaugural address, President Franklin Roosevelt explains what he believes to have caused the Great Depression, and he proposes his solutions for getting out of it. Roosevelt portrays the depression as a threat to our democracy, and repeatedly refers to it as a national “emergency”, one that must be dealt with as if it were an all out war. He realistically and honestly outlines the depression with a candor that had previously not been used. He says that “only a foolish optimist can deny the dark realities of the moment” implying that the previous administration had been in denial about the severity of the country’s economic situation. Roosevelt states that the depression exists “…because the rulers of the exchange of mankind’s goods have failed”, placing the blame squarely on Wall Street and on the greed of those at the top. Greed, in Roosevelt’s eyes, is the primary

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