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Roosevelt, Franklin D. (1882-1945) [Press release of speech delivered on Memorial Day at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03352 Author/Creator: Roosevelt, Franklin D. (1882-1945) Place Written: Gettysburg, Pennsylvania Type: Typed document signed Date: 30 May 1934 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Signed at end as President. Speech mentions the Civil War Battle of Gettysburg and Valley Forge during the Revolutionary War. Stresses the importance of uniting the country. Gives particular attention to the part played by George Washington as Continental Commander-in-Chief, president of the Constitutional Convention, and President of the United States. Calls upon Americans to heal "ancient passions" and not to begrudge benefits to other regions and individuals. Marked "Confidential until Released," by Stephen Early, Assistant Secretary to the President.

People: Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945.
Washington, George, 1732-1799.

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

Keywords/Subjects: President Presidential Speeches and Proclamations, Holidays and Celebrations, Battle, Battle of Gettysburg, Valley Forge, Presidents Discussing Presidents, Civil War, Revolutionary War, Great Depression, US Constitution, US Constitutional Convention, Military History

Sub Era: The Great Depression The New Deal