FDR's Fireside Chats

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University of Oklahoma Press, 1992 - 326 頁

On thirty-one occasions during his presidency, Franklin Delano Roosevelt went on the radio to talk things over with the people of the United States. Those fireside chats, characterized by a disarming frankness and an informal and conversational tone, represent an unprecedented presidential attempt to achieve intimacy with the nation. The American people listened, gathered around their radios in living rooms and kitchens across the country, as President Roosevelt discussed virtually every major problem facing the United States at home and abroad—including both the gravest domestic struggle since the Civil War and perhaps the most serious foreign crisis in the nation’s history. In the fireside chats the president touched upon all of the issues surrounding the depression and the New Deal, and upon the events, fears, and hopes that were part of the American experience of World War II.

Editors Russell D. Buhite and David W. Levy have gather the fireside chats tighter for the first time in a single volume and, by careful attention to recordings and stenographic reports, present the speeches exactly as Roosevelt spoke them. A general introduction discusses the importance of Roosevelt in American political history, the rise of the radio as a political tool, and the way Roosevelt, aided by speech writers and advisers, prepared and delivered the chat. Issues of the day are explored in two additional introductory essays—one describing the domestic situation Roosevelt confronted as he entered the White House in March 1933; the other surveying the international scene during the late 1930s, when Hitler, Mussolini, and Japanese militarists propelled the world toward a catastrophic war.

To read the fireside chats a half century after they were delivered is to reenter a world of economic disaster, social reform, and international danger. It is also to hear, once again, the voice of one of the most skilled speakers and trusted leaders in American history.

 

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The Crisis at Home
3
Progress Made During the New Deals First Two Months
18
October 22 1933
37
Government and Modern Capitalism
53
September 6 1936
73
October 12 1937
96
April 14 1938
111
Purging the Democratic Party
124
QuasiWar in the Atlantic
188
February 23 1942
206
April 28 1942
219
October 12 1942
234
May 2 1943
249
Armistice in Italy and the Third War Loan Drive
267
January 11 1944
282
June 12 1944
296

The Crisis Abroad
139
May 26 1940
152
May 27 1941
174

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Russell D. Buhite , Professor and Head of the Department of History in the University of Tennessee, holds a Ph.D. from Michigan State University. He is the author of Soviet-American Relations in Asia, 1945-1954 , published by the University of Oklahoma Press.

David W. Levy is retired as the Irene and Julian J. Rothbaum Professor of Modern American History and David Ross Boyd Professor of History at the University of Oklahoma. He is the author of Herbert Croly of the New Republic: The Life and Thought of an American Progressive and Mark Twain: The Divided Mind of America's Best-Loved Writer and coeditor of seven volumes of the letters of Supreme Court justice Louis D. Brandeis.

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