Fdr's First Fireside Chat Essay examples

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On May the Twelfth 1933 president Franklin Delano Roosevelt made the first of what would come to be known as fireside chats. During this chat he spoke to the American people about the recent banking holiday and what actions where to be taken to prevent the banking crisis from worsening. This speech shows Roosevelt's skills as a communicator and his ability to talk to the people in a straightforward manner.

Roosevelt is saying many things in this speech, first and foremost he is re-enforcing the message that there is nothing to fear but fear itself as is shown when he says "It is possible that when the banks resume a very few people who have not recovered from their fear may again begin withdrawals… It needs no prophet to tell you that
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The answer is simple and I know you will understand it: Your Government does not intend that the history of the past few years shall be repeated. We do not want and will not have another epidemic of bank failures."

Different people would have interpreted this fireside chat differently. Some people would have seen it as a president trying to include the people in what he is doing and trying to make it easier for the process to work: "I want to tell you what has been done in the last few days, and why it was done, and what the next steps are going to be… I owe this, in particular, because of the fortitude and the good temper with which everybody has accepted the inconvenience and hardships of the banking holiday. And I know that when you understand what we in Washington have been about, I shall continue to have your cooperation as fully as I have had your sympathy and your help during the past week." However his opponents, Businessmen, republicans and the rich, would have seen it differently, they would have seen it as an effort to a) give the government more control "broadening my powers", and b) an attempt to gain more votes "I shall continue to have your cooperation as fully as I have had your sympathy and your help during the past week."

Roosevelt did many things during the banking holiday in order to restore the banks to order. "By the afternoon of March third, a week ago last Friday, scarcely a bank in the country was open to do business can best

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