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FDR's "Fireside Chats" With America | by Tony Fischer Photography
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FDR's "Fireside Chats" With America

The fireside chats were a series of thirty evening radio speeches given by United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt between 1933 and 1944.


He appealed to the people for help getting his agenda passed and moving America forward as we faced the Great Depression and World War Two. Letters would pour in following each of these "chats," which helped pressure legislators to pass measures Roosevelt had proposed.


The "Fireside Chats" were considered enormously successful and attracted more listeners than the most popular radio shows during the "Golden Age of Radio." Roosevelt continued his broadcasts into the 1940s, as Americans turned their attention to World War II.


This communication directly from the President, given with sensitivity and sincerity, provided hope for America.


This little sculptural gem can be seen at the FDR Memorial in Washington DC.

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Taken on August 25, 2008