Best Inaugural Speeches

FDR, Second Term

Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1937, as the Depression dragged on:

"Here is the challenge to our democracy: In this nation I see tens of millions of its citizens — a substantial part of its whole population — who at this very moment are denied the greater part of what the very lowest standards of today call the necessities of life. ... I see one-third of a nation ill-housed, ill-clad, ill-nourished.

(AP Photo)

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