HOMEWORK: F.D.R.’s First Inaugural Address (1933)

Today we examined the economic troubles caused by the Great Crash 1929, and considered which troubles average Americans might want to see fixed first as the economy took a turn for the worse by 1933. For homework, please watch the video below of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s First Inaugural Address (March 4, 1933), and come to class on Wednesday (5/24) ready to identify what you think is the most important quote from this speech, and explain why.  For those of you who might find the audio difficult to follow, you can click here for a transcript of the speech.  The speech itself begins at about 1:50 in the video:




CLASS POLL: What issue matters most to you in the 2016 election?

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are tightening their grips on the Democratic and Republican presidential nominations.
Debate tonight, 9/26/2016, from 9-10:30 pm. Moderator:  Lester Holt of NBC News.  Location:  Hofstra University, Long Island, NY.

Tonight, you will watch the debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, and see if they speak to the issue you about most.  Please vote in the poll below, and we will share results and respond in class discussion this week.

If you need to watch the debate online, click here to find out how to stream it for free.  There are also options to watch or listen in Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Chinese, and other languages, although you will have to research the best outlets.

WELCOME! Now rise for the singing of our national anthem…

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ALSO FOR HOMEWORK:  Following up on today’s class, I would like you all to listen to the following  4 minute National Public Radio segment entitle “A Spanish Version of the Star Spangled Banner“.  The audio player should load below, but if not, click here to visit the NPR website and use their player.


This radio segment asks the question whether there should be an official Spanish language version of the song, which major musicians (including Wyclef Jean, Pitbull, and many others) released in 2006, entitled “Nuestro Himno” (“Our Anthem”), to accompany nationwide immigration protests. Please respond to this question by commenting on this post.  Just click on the “Leave a Comment” link on the left side of this post near the top and share your response.

Finally, as promised, here is a video of Jimi Hendrix performing the “Star Spangled Banner” live at Woodstock in 1969.  Ask yourself whether you think this version of the anthem is an expression of patriotism, or protest, or perhaps both?