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Fireside Chats
Life Magazine May 11, 1942.

Fireside Chats

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

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Karol Olesiak is a poet, writer, and activist. He is a graduate of Eugene Lang Liberal Arts College at The New School and an MFA student at The University of San Francisco. As a Navy sailor, he commissioned the USS Ronald Reagan, navigated the straits of Magellan, and served in the Persian Gulf. In 2011 Karol headlined The Bowery Poetry Club in New York. That same year he became a staunch supporter of The Occupy Wall Street Movement and became entrenched in the Occupy network of affinity groups. Karol was one of the founders of He became an antiwar activist in 2010 and has written many political essays. He has been translated into Spanish. Karol's poetry has been incorporated into cinematography and sound art.

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