FDR's First Fireside Chat: Public Confidence and the Banking Crisis

FDR's First Fireside Chat: Public Confidence and the Banking Crisis

FDR's First Fireside Chat: Public Confidence and the Banking Crisis

FDR's First Fireside Chat: Public Confidence and the Banking Crisis

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"The author's original archival research allows him to reconstruct the situation facing the incoming Roosevelt administration in the middle of a banking crisis and the crafting and reception of the speech at a level of detail that will be of interest to both scholars and more general readers. His rhetorical criticism wisely sticks to the main issues- Roosevelt's stylistic simplicity and lucidity, and the wisdom with which Roosevelt adapts his explanations and arguments to the situation as it was perceived by his fellow citizens. The historical reconstruction is detailed enough to satisfy the historian and presidential scholar and is fashioned into a very good yarn that at the same time deftly threads its way through the minefields of partisan memory…There have been other accounts by rhetorical scholars of FDR's fireside chats. Kiewe's account of the first fireside chat is a distinctive contribution to the literature and will certainly be the authoritative account of the history of this important speech."--Thomas W. Benson
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