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Fireside Chats

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Lauren Wesolowski

on 17 April 2015

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Transcript of Fireside Chats

It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt
Election of Franklin D. Rosevelt
What were fireside chats?
What did they accomplish?
Around the time of these chats many people were desperate and distrusting
Meant to comfort, build confidence and morale
FDR's first fireside chat was addressing the bank problem
Several speeches delivered by FDR over radio
March 1933 to June 1944
90% of American households owned a radio
Supposed to be warm and casual
$1.25
Monday, February 17, 2014
Vol XCIII, No. 311
The Great Depression
The First Fireside Chat
"More Important than Gold"
Started in 1929
4,000 banks closed for good
13 million people were unemployed
Economy plummeted
Fireside Chats
Took office in 1933
During the Great Depression
Created the fireside chats
Topics:
Economic Policies of the New Deal
Drought
Unemployment
Europe's battle with Fascism
American military progress

People didn't trust the banks
After being elected Roosevelt called for a bank holiday
Assured people their money would be safe in a bank
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