American Spirit


FDR Bio 

Fireside Chats 


Chat Texts 

FDR to G.W. Bush 


American Studies 


Franklin D. Roosevelt has been called the father of the Modern Presidency, the concept that the office of the presidency is the principle agent for popular rule. Roosevelt has achieved this title not only for the innovative policy, and influential programs he instituted, but also for the way in which he made himself a part of American everyday life. In this analysis we will observe the way in which Roosevelt accomplished the task of both asserting his authority as President, as well as integrating himself within the life of the average American through addressing the nation in his Fireside Chats.

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Last updated February 5, 2002