Franklin D. Roosevelt - First Inaugural Address

  • Franklin D. Roosevelt, First Inaugural Address

  • Franklin D. Roosevelt

    I am certain that my fellow Americans expect that on my induction into the Presidency I will address them with a candor and a decision which the present situation of our Nation impels.

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  • This is preeminently the time to speak the truth, the whole truth, frankly and boldly.

  • Nor need we shrink from honestly facing conditions in our country today.

  • This great Nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper.

  • So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itselfβ€”

  • nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.

  • In every dark hour of our national life a leadership of frankness and vigor has met with that understanding and support of the people themselves which is essential to victory.

  • Franklin D. Roosevelt

    I am convinced that you will again give that support to leadership in these critical days.

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  • In such a spirit on my part and on yours we face our common difficulties.

  • They concern, thank God, only material things.

  • Values have shrunken to fantastic levels;

  • taxes have risen;

  • our ability to pay has fallen;

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    government of all kinds is faced by serious curtailment of income;

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  • the means of exchange are frozen in the currents of trade;

  • the withered leaves of industrial enterprise lie on every side;

  • farmers find no markets for their produce;

  • the savings of many years in thousands of families are gone.

  • More important, a host of unemployed citizens face the grim problem of existence, and an equally great number toil with little return.