Instructional Video

President Franklin Roosevelt 1933 Inauguration

Though President Franklin Delano Roosevelt led the United States for a record-breaking four terms, he began his administration with a single day of pomp, circumstance, and inspiring words. Young historians watch and listen to footage of the March 20, 1933 Presidential Inauguration Ceremony, including FDR's time-honored admonition against fear for fear's sake.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use the video in conjunction with a lesson on presidential inaugurations or historic speeches
  • Have learners watch all 10 addresses and decide which is the most appealing based on a class-created rubric
Classroom Considerations
  • Comment section of the video is open to the public
  • Because the video is from 1933, the quality is grainy and difficult to see
  • Consider providing printed copies of FDR's address for learners to follow along
  • Video continues to the next in the playlist immediate after the address is over
  • The video is over 20 minutes long, which may be a lot for some learners in one sitting
  • The first video in a playlist of 10
  • History buffs will enjoy the first filmed inauguration, including the historical mentions of the 48 states of America
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