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Franklin D. Roosevelt
A Rare Signed Copy of “The Inaugural Addresses of Franklin D. Roosevelt, President of the United States”, Inscribed to FDR’s Director of the Office of Management and Budget It contains one of the three greatest inaugural addresses ever given, in which Roosevelt immortally stated, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”
1960. Dec-43. Only one other copy of this work shows up as having reached the public marketThe three greatest inaugural addresses ever delivered were Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural, Franklin D. Roosevelt’s first inaugural, and John F. Kennedy’s only inaugural. Lincoln was killed a month after the address and never had time to implement its lofty aspirations of “malice toward none and charity for all”. Kennedy set the stage for the can-do optimism of the 1960s, calling on Americans, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” But his life was also cut short.Roosevelt, however was a different story. On Inauguration Day, March 4, 1933, the nation was in the grip of a profound depression. Washington was cold and overcast. At the Capitol, FDR braced himself on his son James’s arm as he made his slow way to the rostrum to take the oath of office. Then, as the crowd grew quiet, he delivered his inaugural address. The new President offered hope to a desperate people: “This great nation will endure as it has endured, will revive, and will prosper.” Then, in bold words that reverberate in public memory, he proclaimed, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” He said he would ask - and insist - that Congress act against the emergency. The hope he imparted was immediate, and I well recall my mother telling me that it changed people’s attitudes from despair to hope and resilience. In the end, the country beat the Depression.FDR’s second inaugural on January 20, 1937, may well have been the fourth greatest ina … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: The Raab Collection [United States]
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