FDR's First Fireside Chat

FDR's First Fireside Chat

Public Confidence and the Banking Crisis

eBook - 2007
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"I want to talk for a few minutes with the people of the United States."

Thus began not only the first of Franklin Roosevelt's celebrated radio addresses, collectively called Fireside Chats, but also the birth of the media era of the rhetorical presidency.

Humorist Will Rogers later said that the president took "such a dry subject as banking and made everyone understand it, even the bankers." Roosevelt also took a giant step toward restoring confidence in the nation's banks and, eventually, in its economy. Amos Kiewe tells the story of the First Fireside Chat, the context in which it was constructed, the events leading to the radio address, and the impact it had on the American people and the nation's economy.

Roosevelt told America, "The success of our whole national program depends, of course, on the cooperation of the public--on its intelligent support and its use of a reliable system." Kiewe succinctly demonstrates how the rhetoric of the soon-to-be-famous First Fireside Chat laid the groundwork for that support and the recovery of American capitalism.
Publisher: College Station : Texas A&M University Press, [2007]
Edition: 1st ed.
Copyright Date: ©2007
ISBN: 1585446076
9781585446070
1585445975
9781585445974
1603444548
9781603444545
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xiv, 153 pages)
Additional Contributors: Project Muse

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