Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Franklin D Roosevelt
Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945), U.S. president. Ed. Samuel I. Rosenman, The Public Papers and Addresses of Franklin D. Roosevelt, 13 volumes, New York (1938-1950). FDR Speaks authorized edition of speeches, 1933-1945 (recordings of Franklin Roosevelt's public addresses), side 1, the first inaugural"Nothing to Fear," ed. Henry Steele Commager, Introduction by Eleanor Roosevelt, Washington Records, Inc. (1960).
Eleanor Roosevelt commented later that the overwhelming ovation which greeted this statement in FDR's first inaugural was frightening and that if her husband had been less a democrat he could have assumed dictatorial powers with little opposition (interview with Eleanor Roosevelt, Hyde Park, N.Y., Summer, 1959).