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Roosevelt, Franklin D. (1882-1945) Address of the President at Chautauqua, N.Y.

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04599 Author/Creator: Roosevelt, Franklin D. (1882-1945) Place Written: Chautauqua, New York Type: Typed document signed Date: 14 August 1936 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Speech focuses on peace, America as a good neighbor to other nations, and preventing war internationally. Discusses the causes that produce war such as fanaticism, racial hatreds, and religious intolerance. Finishes with, "We believe in democracy; we believe in freedom; we believe in peace. We offer to every nation of the world the handclasp of the good neighbor. Let those who wish our friendship look us in the eye and take our hand." Same speech as GLC05193.

People: Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945.

Historical Era: Great Depression and World War II, 1929-1945

Keywords/Subjects: President Presidential Speeches and Proclamations, Peace, Global History and Civics, Foreign Affairs, Religion, Freedom and Independence, Government and Civics, Friendship, Neutrality, World War II

Sub Era: The New Deal