The Great depression was a time of great need and hardships for American citizens all over the United States. America was in great need of a leader, someone who could make this dreadful process easier, and Franklin Roosevelt rose to the occasion. During Roosevelt’s First Inaugural Address in 1933 and his 1944 State of the Union Address, emerged as the great American leader everyone was in desperate need of. He would take the blame off the American people as well as provide them with goals and a very achievable image of America in the close future.
In his1933 Inaugural Address, Roosevelt made it his goal to encourage Americans as they faced many great challenges during the Great Depression. Roosevelt, as well as all Americans, knew they were in a struggle but Roosevelt prevented their moral from getting any worse. Roosevelt states “ let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself…”(Roosevelt 1933) and ensures the citizens “Yet our distress comes from no failure of substances.”(Roosevelt 1933). Roosevelt never blamed the American people for the depression, and did not want the American citizens to blame themselves for what happen. He also encouraged Americans to keep their heads up and do not fear the outcome of the situation.
Roosevelt truly emerged as a leader during his 1933 speech. He took on the responsibility of getting America back on its feet. Roosevelt said,” Happiness lies not only in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement. In the thrill of creative efforts” (Roosevelt 1933). In this particular quote from his speech, Roosevelt gives hope to Americans by telling them that they still can be happy and when they overcome this great task, it will bring them more joy than money alone. He also provides Americans with a solid plan of action to ensure this disaster will not happen again.
“It can be accomplished in part by direct recruiting by the government itself, treating the task as we would treat the emergency of a war, but at the same time, through this employment, accomplishing greatly needed projects to stimulate and reorganize the use of our nations resources”( Roosevelt 1933).
“I am prepared under my constitutional duty to recommend the measures that a stricken nation in the midst of a stricken world may require. These measures or such other measures as the Congress may build out of its experience and wisdom… (Roosevelt 1933).
During this 1933 speech, Roosevelt provided goals for Americans and showed that he was devoted to helping them accomplish their goals. Roosevelt states that not only will we overcome the depression, but also while we are doing that, we will accomplish other needed projects to better America.
“Finally, in our progress towards a resumption of work we require two safe guards against a return of the evils of the old order, there must be a strict supervision of all banking and credits and investments; there must be an end to speculation...