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We have nothing to fear, someone said on March 4

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Hamm Homes

In the early days of 1933, things were looking pretty bad in America. The Great Depression had been going on for years. Unemployment was rampant, inflation was through the roof, and the government seemed to have no idea how to tackle the crisis. There seemed to be no light at the end of the tunnel. Then Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected and, during his inaugural speech on March 4, 1933, everything changed.

In this speech, FDR dismissed the idea that everything was hopeless. He called out the previous administration for having badly bungled the crisis and refusing to admit the real depth of the problems the nation faced. He spoke of hope and how he believed that the nation’s problems could be solved and the nation returned to prosperity, as long as everyone realized that success was possible and hard work needed. He summed up the cause of the nation’s problems and the source of the solution in one line, possibly the most famous line ever uttered by a politician: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

The line struck a note with the nation. People got behind FDR’s efforts in large numbers. He created a sweeping new jobs program and got people back to work. Unemployment dropped, and the economy came back to life. FDR was proved right. The only thing the people of the nation had to fear was fear keeping them from doing what needed to be done.

Comments (7)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Will - context is a factor as quotes and other words of wisdom are remembered.  

Mar 04, 2024 07:16 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
The Grit and Gratitude Agent

And let us remember, Congress holds the purse strings.

Mar 04, 2024 07:17 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055 - Downingtown, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

A good reminder of a moment in history, thank you. 

Mar 04, 2024 07:20 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Monday morning, Will.

Have a great day and a very productive week.

Mar 04, 2024 09:10 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Will, A very poignant recall of a historical moment, and a quote that most Americans know by heart!

Mar 04, 2024 09:49 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

He was a visionary and a savior to the country when he was most needed. Too bad he doesn't have an heir that could do the same today.

Mar 04, 2024 11:58 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I can't imagine living through something like that, although the world around us today seems pretty bleak at times.

Mar 05, 2024 04:54 AM