7 of FDR’s Most Inspiring Speeches

Roosevelt, known as ‘the great communicator,’ used his speeches and fireside chats to calm Americans’ fears—and to rally them around his policies. Over an unprecedented four terms in office, from 1933 to 1945, Roosevelt not only created policies to steer the nation through multiple crises, including the Great Depression, the surprise attack on U.S. soil at Pearl Harbor, and World War II. He also served as a master communicator—to calm Americans’ fears and rally them around his policies. He employed the new medium of radio to deliver his voice directly into living rooms across the country in some 30 “fireside chats.”