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Tending the Fire in Roosevelt's White House

Location: 
Allen Hall 106
Cost: 
Free event
Contact: 
Prof. Elizabeth Jozwiak
Dates: 
Thu, Oct 5, 2017, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Description 

President Franklin Roosevelt delivered 30 Fireside Chats—speeches broadcast live over network radio—during his presidency. Roosevelt was the first president to adopt this form of communication, creating the sense that he was sitting down with individual citizens to talk with them by their firesides. While these speeches sounded much less formal than those of prior presidents, the fact is a team of advisers and writers deliberately and carefully cultivated their conversational tone through a complex writing process.

Dr. Steven Sheehan (Associate Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley) will explore how members of the FDR administration researched, compiled, and drafted his Fireside Chats and how those advisers and writers shaped national policy and permanently transformed presidential politics along the way.