President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal
President Franklin D. Roosevelt, at left, broadcasts a radio message to the American public on March 8, 1940, asking the country to continue to support his New Deal programs, enacted in response to the Great Depression. Roosevelt made his address on the seventh anniversary of the adoption of the Agricultural Adjustment Act (AAA), which was designed to subsidize farmers and to maximize agricultural prices. According to the broadcast, many farmers were listening to Roosevelt's talk while at "farmer diners." At right is Henry A. Wallace, then serving as the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.