The Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum allows teachers to bring President Franklin D. Roosevelt right into their classrooms with digitized recordings of his most important speeches. In his First Inaugural Address, Roosevelt assures the American people that “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself,” and he promises “action, and action now” to relieve the hardships of the Great Depression. Presently featured on the site is his “Day of Infamy” speech, which FDR delivered on December 8, 1941, one day after the surprise attack by the Empire of Japan on the US Naval Station at Pearl Harbor. Each speech will have a short curriculum package, including copies of historic documents and photographs, lesson plans, and classroom activities for teachers to use with their students to delve more deeply into the topics Roosevelt was addressing.
Plus: On January 6, 1941, President Roosevelt delivered his annual State of the Union message to Congress. In what would become known as the “Four Freedoms” speech, FDR laid out his vision for a world based on four essential human freedoms: Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, and Freedom from Fear. The Pare Lorenz Film Center at the FDR Presidential Library hosts a distance learning session on these freedoms. During the session, students watch a video clip of FDR delivering the speech and view images of the “Four Freedoms” paintings by Norman Rockwell, as well as photos of the Great Depression and World War II. The session brings into focus the vision FDR held for the entire world. Through its Distance Learning Program, the Pare Lorentz Center has the ability to bring many of the FDR Library’s workshops, resources, lectures, and presentations directly into the classroom free of charge.