14 - 15 February 2001
[ROOSEVELT, Franklin D.] Printed text of third inaugural address of Franklin D. Roosevelt, U.S. Government Printing Office, 20 January 1941. 5 pages, 8vo. INSCRIBED BY FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT TO JOHN A. ROOSEVELT on his son's birthday in ink on front cover: "For John A. Roosevelt from his father Franklin D. Roosevelt, Mar[ch] 13th, 1941."
Roosevelt was reelected president for a third term on 5 November 1940, by a majority of 54.8 percent of the vote against his major opponent Wendell L. Willkie. FDR had pushed forward the New Deal, which emphasized economic recovery and reform measures for restructuring both the economy and American society; but by 1939 the threat of foreign war, not domestic economic problems, posed a greater threat. However, Americans believed that FDR could bring the country through the crisis of war, just as he had brought it through the crisis of imminent economic collapse. In his third inaugural address, FDR confronted these fears: "In this day the task of the people is to save that Nation and its institutions from disruption from without...Most vital to our present and our future is this experience of a democracy which successfully survived crisis at home...Democracy is not dying. We know it because we have seen it revive -- and grow." Further echoeing the stirring themes covered earlier in his Four Freedoms speech (delivered before Congress on 6 January 1941), FDR confirmed: "The democratic aspiration is no mere recent phase in human history. It is human history."
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