West Potomac Park in Southwest Washington in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Combatting Economic Depression
1937-1941 / Second Term
— Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial —
Continuing to combat the Great Depression, President Roosevelt's New Deal created federal programs to stabilize the economy, provide relief, and create jobs for millions of Americans. Most Americans had never heard a president's voice before FDR began his radio broadcasts. His confident and plain-spoken "fireside chats" reassured Americans even as man New Deal programs failed, and the Great Depression dragged on. FDR easily won reelection to a second term in 1936.
New Deal Programs
C.C.C., Civilian Conservation Corps, 1933-
F.C.C., Federal Communications Commission, 1934-
F.D.I.C., Federal Deposit Insurance Corps, 1933-
F.H.A., Federal Housing Administration, 1933-
N.L.R.B., National Labor Relations Board, 1934-
S.S.B., Social Security Board, 1935-
T.V.A., Tennessee Valley Authority, 1933-
Memorial Quotes in Room Two
"We must scrupulously guard the civil rights and civil liberties of all our citizens, whatever their background. We must remember that any oppression, any injustice, any hatred, is a wedge designed to attack our
Greeting to the American Committee for Protection of Foreign-born, January 9, 1940
"I see one-third of a nation ill-housed, ill-clad, ill-nourished."
"The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little."
Second Inaugural Address, January 20, 1937
"I never forget that I live in a house owned by all the American people and that I have been given their trust."
"Fireside Chat" Radio Address, April 14, 1938
"It is time to extend planning to a wider field, in this instance comprehending in one great project many states directly concerned with the basin of one of our greatest rivers."
Message to Congress, April 10, 1933
"I propose to create a Civilian Conservation Corps to be used in simple work…More important, however, than the material gains will be the moral and spiritual value of such work."
Message to Congress, March 21, 1933
Roosevelt's administrations created over 75 new programs to fight the Great Depression. These sculptures represent 54 of the "alphabet soup" of New Deal programs. Explore this model (right) depicting some of these programs. If you carry a Social Security
Erected 2022 by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public Work • Government & Politics • Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), and the Former U.S. Presidents: #32 Franklin D. Roosevelt series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is January 9, 1940.
Location. 38° 53.006′ N, 77° 2.593′ W. Marker is in Southwest Washington in Washington, District of Columbia. It is in West Potomac Park. Marker is on Ohio Drive Southwest south of West Basin Drive Southwest, on the right when traveling north. The marker is located on the grounds of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, a sprawling 7.5 acre memorial managed by the National Park Service. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1850 W Basin Dr SW, Washington DC 20418, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); I Hate War (within shouting distance of this marker); Wartime President (within shouting distance of this marker); Nothing to Fear… (within shouting distance of this marker); "He Died in Harness" (about A Carefully Crafted Image (about 300 feet away); The United Nations (about 400 feet away); The Gift of Friendship (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Southwest Washington.
More about this marker. Marker contains text in braille, for quotes featured throughout the memorial.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 30, 2023. It was originally submitted on May 10, 2022, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 110 times since then and 52 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on May 10, 2022, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.