Fireside Chats During The Great Depression

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The Great Depression caused a spread of distrust in the government leaving a mark on the American people along with their unwillingness to trust the government. Once President Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected in the year 1932, three years after the start of The Great Depression, there was a turn for the nation. Positively, Roosevelt introduced the fireside chats in the year 1933. In Roosevelt’s first fireside chat he encouraged the people to remember “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”(president-inaugural address 1933). The fireside chats built the country’s trust in the government, promoted an understanding of the economy, and created a new effect on Americans.

While President Hoover was in charge our nation spiraled downwards …show more content…

A women in California responded to FDR’s broadcast by writing, “... our confidence in the Bank Holiday was greatly strengthened...the whole country is standing solidly back of you Mr. President in every move you make... fully appreciate the fact that at last, we have another Great President...who will gradually, but surely, steer our Country out of the mess the last Administration got us into...” (Sierra Madre). While the fireside chats brought back American support towards the government. FDR regained the nation's trust and many Americans responded to FDR’s fireside chats with respect, thankfulness, and hope. A man wrote, “... a wonderful thing for the President of the United States to talk to the people as you talked to them.” (James A. Green). Another man responded, “I listened gratifyingly to your radio address anent the banking situation this evening.” (Eugene V. Krell St. Louis, Mo.). Gratitude was spread among the people. While the fireside chats had a positive toll on the nation. Roosevelt continued his ideals by stating, “We have always held to the hope, the belief, the conviction that there is a better life, a better world, beyond the horizon” (Franklin D. Roosevelt). While the fireside chats gave Americans reassurance of FDR’s plans to rebuild American, they also included them in the understanding of how FDR planned to have Americans recover from the Great

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