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Analyzing FDR's First Inaugural Address

Focusing on Details: Discussion Topic

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Introduction

In March 1933, at the height of the Great Depression, the newly elected President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave one of the most famous inaugural addresses in history. Remembered chiefly for its phrase "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself," the speech highlighted many of the problems of the Great Depression and FDR's proposed plans at fixing the issues. 

Read the following inaugural address. As you read, note the specific problems that Roosevelt said were caused by the Great Depression and his proposed solutions to these problems.

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Analyzing FDR's First Inaugural Address

Focusing on Details: Discussion Topic

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Conclusion

Analyzing FDR's First Inaugural Address

Focusing on Details: Discussion Topic

  • What specific problems did FDR explain were caused by the Great Depression?
  • What specific solutions did FDR propose to solve those problems?


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Franklin D. Roosevelt's First Inaugural Address

3/4/1933

This primary source comes from the Collection FDR-PPF: Papers as President, President's Personal File.
National Archives Identifier: 197333
Full Citation: Franklin D. Roosevelt's First Inaugural Address; 3/4/1933; Collection FDR-PPF: Papers as President, President's Personal File, . [Online Version, https://www.docsteach.org/documents/document/franklin-d-roosevelts-first-inaugural-address, June 19, 2021]


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