Friday, December 02, 2016

The Day Eleanor Roosevelt Rallied the Nation

Everyone knows the famous speech President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered to congress after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor: "Yestahday, Decembah seventh, nineteen fohty-one, a date which will live in infamy...!"

But did you know that first lady Eleanor Roosevelt also gave a stirring speech about the attack before his address, right on December 7th, just hours after the bombing? I didn't either.

It was Sunday, and Mrs. Roosevelt had a weekly radio show at that time, which she actually went on with. But first she had something to say about the traumatic events of the day:

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