Click on the link here for audio player: FDR – 1932 Convention address
As we get ready to close the 2012 Democratic convention tonight, I thought I would run another closing speech, this one from Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt, accepting the party’s nomination for President in that harrowing year.
Franklin D. Roosevelt: “I pledge you, I pledge myself, to a new deal for the American people. Let us all here assembled constitute ourselves prophets of a new order of competence and of courage. This is more than a political campaign; it is a call to arms. Give me your help, not to win votes alone, but to win in this crusade to restore America to its own people.”
And the rest, as they say, is history.
Here is an extended excerpt from that speech, given on the closing day of the 1932 Democratic Convention, held in Chicago.