State Senate campaign poster, 1910
Franklin Roosevelt entered politics at age 28. Handsome, engaging, and blessed with a celebrated, vote-getting last name, FDR began his rapid rise by winning a seat in New York’s state senate in 1910 and championing the kind of progressive reforms his distant cousin, Theodore Roosevelt, had called for.
This poster was distributed during FDR’s first election campaign in 1910. Running in a heavily-Republican district, he won by a narrow margin of 1,140 votes.
One of FDR’s most famous State of the Union Addresses: The “Four Freedoms” Speech
In his State of the Union Address on January 6, 1941, Franklin Roosevelt presented his reasons for continued aid to Great Britain and greater production of war industries at home. In helping Britain, President Roosevelt stated, the United States was fighting for the universal freedoms that all people possessed.
As America entered the war these “four freedoms” - the freedom of speech, the freedom of worship, the freedom from want, and the freedom from fear - symbolized America’s goals.
The famous Four Freedoms paragraphs of the State of the Union did not appear in the speech until the fourth draft. Read More
Images: “Four Freedoms” posters by Norman Rockwell’.
-from the FDR Library
On August 14, 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act.
Later that day, the Washington Post proclaimed that the Social Security Act was the “New Deal’s Most Important Act…Its importance cannot be exaggerated …because this legislation eventually will affect the lives of every man, woman, and child in the country.”
This poster was distributed from November 1936- July 1937 during the initial issuance of Social Security numbers through U.S. post offices and with the help of labor unions.
"A garden for every child, every child in a garden."
On May 5, 1917, Herbert Hoover was appointed by President Wilson to be the United States Food Administrator.
The U.S. had just entered World War I, and Hoover mobilized Americans to produce and conserve food supplies. Among the kitchen war efforts were Meatless Mondays and Wheatless Wednesdays.
Across the country, a movement to grow food in school gardens also took off. Children, women, and other civilians tended and harvested gardens to feed WWI troops.
What are you growing in your school garden?