Roosevelt, Franklin D. (1882-1945) [State of the Union Message]
Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03181.01
Author/Creator: Roosevelt, Franklin D. (1882-1945)
Place Written: Washington, D.C.
Type: Typed document signed
Date: 4 January 1939
Pagination: 8 p. ; 35.5 x 20.5 cm.
Summary of Content: Signed at end, inscribed to Lillian Wald, and signed at top of first page. Speech to Congress warns of the impending war and mentions his worries that fascism and war might attack freedom of religion. ”Storms from abroad directly challenge three institutions indispensable to Americans, now as always. The first is religion. It is the source of the other two -- democracy and international good faith.” Stresses the need to prepare the nation. Marked ”Confidential” and ”Hold for Release” by Stephen Early, Secretary to the President.
Historical Era: Great Depression and World War II, 1929-1945
Keywords/Subjects: State of the Union Address;, President, Presidential Speeches and Proclamations;, Women’s History;, Congress;, Religion;, Global History and US Foreign Policy;, Global History and US Foreign Policy;, Military History;, World War II;, Diplomacy;, Civil Rights;
Sub Era: World War II
Background: Wald was a humanitarian who founded the Henry Street Settlement, which evolved into the Visiting Nurse Service of New York City. She also helped initiate revision of child labor laws, housing conditions in tenement districts, education for the mentally handicapped, and immigration regulations.Order Image