The fireside chats were a series of evening radio addresses given by Franklin D. Roosevelt, President of the United States, between 1933 and 1944.
Roosevelt spoke with familiarity to millions of Americans about recovery from the Great Depression, the promulgation of the Emergency Banking Act in response to the banking crisis, the 1936 recession, New Deal initiatives, and the course of World War II. On radio, he was able to quell rumors, counter conservative-dominated newspapers and explain his policies directly to the American people. His tone and demeanor communicated self-assurance during times of despair and uncertainty. Roosevelt was regarded as an effective communicator on radio, and the fireside chats kept him in high public regard throughout his presidency. In total there were 30 fireside chat addresses.
Their introduction was later described as a "revolutionary experiment with a nascent media platform."
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