This Universal newsreel serves as a promotional film for the new medium and highlights the excitement surrounding President Franklin Roosevelt’s inauguration on March 4, 1933. The “extra” broadcast sought to bring the excitement palpable on Pennsylvania Avenue to viewers across the country. Featured are various excerpts of FDR’s inaugural address. Think about how this clip shows the support Roosevelt had as he came into office and his immediate push for strong, swift action and expanded executive power to combat the economic crisis.
Questions to Consider: How does this film work to magnify the excitement surrounding Roosevelt’s inauguration? What did FDR promise in his inaugural address?