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Franklin D. Roosevelt Inauguration
Franklin Roosevelt’s 1933 Inaugural Address is one of the most famous in American history – not because it was unusually eloquent, although it was better than most, but because it was such a powerful statement of command in a moment of great crisis. Some skeptical listeners thought it hinted at a kind of dictatorship, but most Americans were comforted by the promise of “action, and action now.”
eGuider: Alan Brinkley
Author, Historian, Columbia University
Alan Brinkley is a Professor of History at Columbia University and Chair of the Board of Trustees of The Century Foundation, a nonpartisan think-tank. He is the author of The End of Reform: New Deal Liberalism in Recession and War; The Unfinished Nation: A Concise History of the American People; and other works.