FDR inherited an economy in which everyone was effected in some way. Where Hoover had failed FDR could not. In some cities the unemployment rate was over half while the national unemployment average teetered at a quarter. In his first one hundred days as president FDR hit the ground running making sweeping changes that would be called “new deal” and garnering public support through “fireside chats.”
“Fireside chats” were radio addresses where FDR would consult the American people and make them feel like they mattered again. In the end it was WWII that ended the depression. But the fireside chats are a great example of a president’s willingness to look his people in the face. There were thirty “fireside chats” held between 1933 to 1944 ranging in topics. FDR’s 1st chat declared a bank holiday and the American people stayed with him from that point.
Fireside Chat 2. Outlining the New Deal Program. Sunday, May 7, 1933
Fireside Chat 4. On the Currency Situation. Sunday, October 22, 1933
Fireside Chat 5. Review of the Achievements of the Seventy-third Congress. Thursday, June 28, 1934
Fireside Chat 6. On Moving Forward to Greater Freedom and Security. Sunday, September 30, 1934
Fireside Chat 7. On the Works Relief Program. Sunday, April 28, 1935
Fireside Chat 12. On Economic Conditions. Thursday, April 14, 1938