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Roosevelt, Franklin D. (1882-1945) Second Inaugural Address of Franklin D. Roosevelt

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00196.01 Author/Creator: Roosevelt, Franklin D. (1882-1945) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Typed document signed Date: 20 January 1937 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Signed by Roosevelt at the end. Address delivered at the Capital, Washington, D.C., 20 January 1937. Stresses the idea of creating a better world through economic morality. Presents progress, not stagnation, as a way to improve the lives of Americans. "I see a great nation, upon a great continent, blessed with a great wealth of natural resources ... I see a United States which can demonstrate that, under democratic methods of government, national wealth can be translated into a spreading volume of human comforts hitherto unknown ... " Stresses American post-depression strength and improving the living conditions of the many in need.

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, Economics, Government and Civics, Finance, Great Depression, New Deal

Sub Era: The Great Depression The New Deal