FDR's First Fireside Chat of his 2nd Term

chat.jpg (27266 bytes)   Part of the immediate appeal of FDR was his personal style that contradicted Herbert Hoover.  Roosevelt used a new medium, radio, to speak directly to the people.  He called them Fireside Chats, rather than speeches, to emphasize the easy-going warmth he hoped people would hear.

   In 1937, FDRs biggest enemy was the Supreme Court, who had struck down a number of his New Deal programs.  In this radio address, FDR announces his plans to reorganize the judiciary, a plan call "court packing" by his critics.

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