FDR Threatened to Impose Dictatorship

Franklin D. Roosevelt’s inauguration speech in 1933 is now most remembered for the line, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” At the time, however, this newsreel did not even include that line. Instead, it highlights Roosevelt’s not so subtle threat to seize emergency powers if Congress does not submit to his plans.

David T. Beito, a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute and a retired professor of history at the University of Alabama, is the co-author of T.R.M. Howard: Doctor, Entrepreneur, Civil Rights Pioneer and is writing a new book, FDR’s War on the Bill of Rights.
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