Roosevelt Tapes

Franklin D. Roosevelt tapes

The Contingencies of War

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Participants: Franklin Roosevelt                  
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President Roosevelt sketches out for reporters various potential developments in the European war as well as possible U.S. responses.

"Some Fool Thing"

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Participants: Franklin Roosevelt                  
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Following a press conference in the Oval Office, President Roosevelt ruminated on the growing crisis in the East.  Reflecting upon a recent bellicose statement by the head of the Japanese Press Association, FDR speculated with aides about the degree to which those remarks reflected official Japanese policy.

A Japanese Ultimatum

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Participants: Franklin Roosevelt, Cordell Hull                  
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Cordell HullThe morning's New York Times featured reports of an impending meeting between German chancellor Adolf Hitler and Italian premier Benito Mussolini, as well as news of continuing British success in combating the Nazi air assault. The focus of this telephone conversation between President Roosevelt and Secretary of State Cordell Hull, however, is the growing conflict with Japan in the Far East and the Pacific Ocean. With the tape recorder capturing only those sounds heard in the Oval Office itself, it features only President Roosevelt's side of the conversation.

The Tripartite Pact

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Participants: Franklin Roosevelt                  
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Press conference response to question on the Tripartite Pact.

African Americans and the U.S. Military

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Participants: Franklin Roosevelt, A. Philip Randolph, Walter White                  
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Meeting with Civil Rights leaders A. Philip Randolph and Walter White, President Roosevelt considers various options for integrating the U.S. military and preparedness efforts.

Roosevelt Tapes: Overview

 

Vital Statistics

  • Size of Collection: 8 hours approx.
  • Begin Date: August 23, 1940
  • End Date: November 8, 1940
  • Processing Status: Completed

 

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