Franklin Delano Roosevelt

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Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

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First Elected President


Second Term Begins



Third Term Begins

Final Term Begins

Franklin D. Roosevelt launches the "V" loan drive, 1942.

A mother, clothed in a makeshift flour sack skirt and a tattered sweater, with three of her nine children by Carl Mydans, 1936

Franklin D. Roosevelt delivers an address on the need for scrap rubber in the war effort, 1942.

Shopkeeper rations canned foods to his customers in a New York City grocery store, 1942.

Franklin D. Roosevelt won the title of President four times. Four times he obtained the opportunity to achieve his vision of an economically stable United States, where the general welfare of the people concerns the government, while also preventing outsiders from disrupting the peace from within and the peace of the world (Inauguration 1933, 1937, 1941, 1945). At the time of FDR's first inauguration, a dark cloud of economic depression consumed the nation leaving the majority little and the minority much. The United States needed help to thicken their sparse pockets and raise their low morale. Connecting with the suffering population, Roosevelt initiated "Fireside Chats" where he utilized radios to speak directly to the people. In his fireside chat on the New Deal, Roosevelt wanted to eliminate that small percentage that destroyed the market. While they provided extremely competitive prices, they tended to overwork and under pay their workers while producing too much of their product(New Deal). Roosevelt saw the problem with this and made effort to stop it. The nations recovery made progress, Roosevelt entered his second term. The United States needed to steady the majority out of hard times. In his second Inauguration he states "We are determined to make every American citizen the subject of his country's interest and concern" adding "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little"(Roosevelt, Inauguration of 1937). The president wanted to help the masses achieve the better life that was available to them. A massive war in Europe, Franklin D. Roosevelt entered his third term. From his third inauguration, Roosevelt makes clear his goal for this term: to protect the spirit of American democracy. Roosevelt speaks of the huge impact democracy made on every American by stating "In the Americas its[democracy's] impact has been irresistible. America has been the New World in all tongues(...) not because this continent was a new-found land, but because all those who came here believed they could create upon this continent a new life—a life that should be new in freedom"(Inauguration 1941). Roosevelt felt the need to protect the US's form of government, with WWII looming overhead. By making the people prouder of their government, it brought nationalistic spirit up and set up a great platform to lead the United States into war, even if that was not Roosevelt's initial intention. For one last term, Roosevelt served the United States. In 1945, he entered his final term with a vision that the War had not backtracked them, but instead taught the US something new. Franklin D. Roosevelt states "We have learned that we cannot live alone, at peace; that our own well-being is dependent on the well-being of other nations far away"(Inauguration 1945). This speech is used to propel the United States forward, into a time where they take note of their European neighbors, for when things are not well with them, it does not bode well for the United States.

Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1932

Franklin D. Roosevelt takes the oath of office during his first inauguration on March 4, 1933.

"In that purpose we have been helped by achievements of mind and spirit. Old truths have been relearned; untruths have been unlearned. We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals; we know now that it is bad economics. Out of the collapse of a prosperity whose builders boasted their practicality has come the conviction that in the long run economic morality pays. We are beginning to wipe out the line that divides the practical from the ideal; and in so doing we are fashioning an instrument of unimagined power for the establishment of a morally better world."

Inaugural Address by Franklin D. Roosevelet, 1937.

"Those who cherish their freedom and recognize and respect the equal right of their neighbors to be free and live in peace, must work together for the triumph of law and moral principles in order that peace, justice, and confidence may prevail throughout the world. There must be a return to a belief in the pledged word, in the value of a signed treaty. There must be recognition of the fact that national morality is as vital as private morality. "

Quarantine speech by Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1937

Agricultural laborers wait for government relief checks, 1937

Abandoned farm by Dorothea Lange, 1938

World War II: U.S. tanks in Germany, 1945

World War II: celebration in New York City, 1945

"We must resist this divisive propaganda—we must destroy it—with the same strength and the same determination that our fighting men are displaying as they resist and destroy the panzer divisions."

State of the Union Message by Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1945

President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Banking Bill into law, 1933

"We shall strive for perfection. We shall not achieve it immediately—but we still shall strive. We may make mistakes—but they must never be mistakes which result from faintness of heart or abandonment of moral principle."

Inaugural Address by Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1945


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