Date Subject Summary Text Audio
3/12/33 The Banking Crisis Roosevelt addresses the nation to explain the crisis and bank holiday. He reassures Americans that their deposits are safe. Text Audio
5/7/33 Outlining the New Deal Explains several pieces of Hundred Days legislation and sets path for the New Deal. Text Audio
7/24/33 The Recovery Plan The president reviews the Hundred Days and explains the purpose and focus of specific programs. Text N/A
10/22/33 Currency and Prices Praises work done by AAA and NRA; explains current situation with regard to trade, prices and the value of the dollar. Text N/A
6/28/34 The Achievements of the 73rd Congress Roosevelt praises Congress for passing New Deal legislation and asks Americans to judge the progress of recovery. Text N/A
9/30/34 The NRA and Moving Forward Roosevelt discusses the New Deal and its next steps; focuses on progess of NRA Text Audio
4/28/35 The Works Relief Program Discussing unemployment, Roosevelt explains work relief projects and unemployment insurance. Text Audio
9/6/36 On Farmers and Laborers Discussing the interdependence of agricultural and industrial workers. N/A Audio
9/18/36 A speech at Harvard University echoing Ralph Waldo Emerson's classic definition of the American in The American Scholar. Reviews accomplishments of first term, what still needs to be done;"I see one-third of a nation ill-housed, ill-clad, ill-nourished." N/A Audio
3/9/37 On the Judicial Reorganization Plan Roosevelt defends his proposal to reorganize the judiciary, which has come under attack from Congress, the press and the American public. Text Audio
10/12/37 Proposals for a Special Session of Congress Roosevelt calls for reforms in agriculture, enforcement of laws on minimum wages and working hours, and a general review of anti-trust legislation. N/A Audio
3/9/37 On the 1938-1937 Recession Roosevelt asks for an increase in government spending to bring the nation out of the recent recession. N/A Audio
6/24/38 Defining Moderate Liberalism Roosevelt announces his determination to campaign for Senate seats against conservative, obstructionist Southern senators. N/A Audio
9/6/39 Europe at War Roosevelt balances supporting Great Britain against the increasing aggressiveness of Nazi Germany and maintaining American neutrality. N/a Audio
12/29/40 "Arsenal of Democracy" Speech Roosevelt asks the nation to provide material support for Great Britain as the only way to stay out of the war. N/A Audio
12/9/41 Preparing the Nation for War Two days after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Roosevelt asks the nation to steel itself for the manifold sacrifices war will bring it. N/A Audio


Date Subject Summary Text Audio
3/4/33 First Inaugural Address Inaugural address: FDR discusses national economic crisis;"There is nothing to fear but fear itself." Text Audio
6/27/36 Democratic National Convention Echoing Jeffersons observation that "he parties of Whig and Tory are those of nature"Roosevelt's acceptance Speech lays forth the coming election as a choice between America for the Common Man or for the Royalists. N/A Audio
10/28/36 50th Anniversary of the Statue of Liberty Rossevelt uses the 50th Anniversary of the Statue of Liberty to assert the continued promise of America. N/A Audio
10/31/36 Speech at Madison Square Garden Just before the 1936 election, Roosevelt describes what is at stake for the nation as it prepares to choose between the Republican and Democrat parties. N/A Audio
1/20/37 Second Inaugural Address Reviews accomplishments of first term, what still needs to be done;"I see one-third of a nation ill-housed, ill-clad, ill-nourished." Text Audio
9/28/37 Speech at Bonneville Dam Roosevelt uses the occasion to argue for the necessity of regional planning. N/A Audio
10/5/37 The Quarantine Speech Japan's invasion of China, Germany's invasion of the Rhineland, and Italy's adventures in Ethiopia and Spain, lead Roosevelt to propose a quarantine of the aggressor nations. N/A Audio
1/4/39 State of the Union Address "There comes a time in the affairs of men when they must prepare to defend, not their homes alone, but the tenets of faith and humanity on which their churches, their governments and their very civilization are founded." N/A Audio
6/10/40 Speech at the University of Virginia The "stab in the back" speech in which Roosevelt argues that the question facing the rising generation is that between the rule of force and the rule of democracy. N/A Audio
1/6/41 State of the Union Address The "Four Freedoms" Speech. N/A Audio
1/20/41 The Third Inaugural Address The quest for Freedom as the essential drama and meaning of all human history N/A Audio
3/15/41 Speech to the White House Correspondents Association Roosevelt asserts America's willingness to defend itself and introduces the Lend Lease program. N/A Audio
12/8/41 Roosevelt asks Congress for a Declaration of War Roosevelt addresses a joint session of Congress the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor ("a day that will live in infamy") and asks for a Declaration of War. N/A Audio