Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal

1672 WordsFeb 4, 20187 Pages
The date is March 12, 1933. Ordinary Americans and their families sit together in their living rooms as they turn the knob on their radios. The words “Good evening, my friends…” echo audibly over the static and ambient noise, and the President of the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt informs the nation of his New Deal and planned solutions to the problems of post-Depression America. He speaks warmly and directly, addressing the American people “you” and himself “I”. Many people— unemployed or working, poor or wealthy, supporter or critic – listen attentively as the President enters and becomes the center of their homes solely through radio broadcasts. These fireside chats brought hope to Americans suffering and experiencing the effects of economic desperation after the Great Depression. With his informal voice and intimate means of communication, Roosevelt discussed the fears and dreams of the nation’s citizens amidst the present economic chaos and stress. For the first time in US history, the President made a distinct connection with Americans in a way that nearly deified and idealized his advancements in legislation through the New Deal. While radical in nature, due to Roosevelt’s growing experimentalism and implementation of government involvement in his programs, the New Deal was also conservative as it tried to reform the declining state of American banking and Capitalism. Through his influence and New Deal programs such as the Emergency Banking Act, Agricultural
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