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June 27, 2006

Seventy Years Ago Today: FDR at Franklin Field

Franklin D. Roosevelt accepted the nomination for his second term at Franklin Field on June 27, 1936. On that occasion, he delivered one of his most famous speeches. Here is an excerpt, including one of the great phrases of FDR's presidency:

"Governments can err, Presidents do make mistakes, but the immortal Dante tells us that divine justice weighs the sins of the cold-blooded and the sins of the warm-hearted in different scales. Better the occasional faults of a Government that lives in a spirit of charity than the consistent omissions of a Government frozen in the ice of its own indifference. There is a mysterious cycle in human events. To some generations much is given. Of other generations much is expected. This generation of Americans has a rendezvous with destiny."

To read or hear Franklin D. Roosevelt's speech before the 1936 Democratic National Convention, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 27, 1936 (2nd acceptance speech), visit The Authentic History Center, at





Posted 6/27/06

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