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1931-1946: We meet crisis in the Depression, and again in World War II

February 23, 1942
Radio brings the President into our living rooms

Family listening to news on the radio

Nearly three months ago, the radio brought us news of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Now that we’re at war, President Roosevelt has taken to the airwaves again, reassuring us…and asking for our help.

FDR’s radio talks give our government a human voice. As we gather around the radio in our living rooms to hear his “fireside chats,” we feel connected to our president, the one leader who represents us all. He explains government policy in simple terms, and includes us in the nation’s events.

Tonight, he tells us that we’re fighting a war for freedom: freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from want and freedom from fear.

He’s asking us to do our part.

Read about it in the New York times

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