Listen to the first Fireside Chat
On March 12, 1933, thousands of banks were failing, and millions of Americans feared losing their savings. Faced with a crisis in public confidence, President Franklin D. Roosevelt used his first fireside chat to explain why he had proclaimed a bank “holiday” and when the Federal Government would allow the banks to reopen. The broadcast reached an estimated 60 million people.
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