An Inaugural Front Page: FDR Takes Firm Command

Franklin Roosevelt swept into Washington in the threadbare depths of the Depression, told the nation it would revive, and got to work.

The capital put on a fine show for him on March 4, 1933 — a "riot of romance," as a headline put it. Late in the day, with the throngs gone, his Cabinet already confirmed and a banking crisis in the new president's face, Eleanor Roosevelt summed up the occasion.

"It was very, very solemn, a little terrifying" she told The Associated Press, peeling off her gloves and speaking softly as she gazed outside a window from the White House. "The crowds were so tremendous. And you felt that they would do anything — if only someone would tell them what to do."

AP has been going back through history to find some of its inauguration stories as they appeared in the nation's newspapers at the time. Here are excerpts of three AP stories from the front page of the Sunday Avalanche-Journal in Lubbock, Texas, March 5, 1933:


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  • by Ron Location: Merritt, NC on Jan 16, 2009 at 05:17 AM
    Wat a joke! FDR didn't pull America out of the Great Depression, he prolonged it with all his socialistic programs! America didn't start to recover until a decade later when we geared up for WWII. All you Obama idolizers should remember history, lest it repeats itself!
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