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Franklin Delano Roosevelts 1st Inaugural - Franklin Delano Roosevelt

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        Inaugural Speech of Franklin Delano Roosevelt
                  Given in Washington, D.C.
                       March 4th, 1933


President Hoover, Mr. Chief Justice, my friends:

  This is a day of national consecration, and I am certain 
that my fellow-Americans expect that on my induction into the 
Presidency I will address them with a candor and a decision which 
the present situation of our nation impels.

This is pre-eminently the time to speak the truth, the whole truth,
frankly and boldly.  Nor need we shrink from honestly facing conditions
in our country today.  This great nation will endure as it has endured,
will revive and will prosper.

So first of all let me assert my firm belief that
the only thing we have to fear. . .is fear itself. . .
nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes
needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.

In every dark hour of our national life a leadership
of frankness and vigor has met with that understanding
and support of the people themselves which is essential to victory.
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