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Roosevelt's First Fireside Chat (March 12, 1933)
March 12, 1933

Moment 61: Roosevelt's First Fireside Chat

From 1933-1944, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt addressed the nation regularly, quelling rumors and informing Americans about actions his administration was taking to handle social and political upheavals ranging from bank closures to World War II. His goal was to tell the public "what has been done in the last few days, why it was done and what the next steps are going to be," and millions of listeners tuned in to hear just that.

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