Quotation by Franklin D. Roosevelt

In this nation I see tens of millions of its citizens, a substantial part of its whole population, who at this very moment are denied the greater part of what the very lowest standards of today call the necessities of life. I see one third of a nation ill-housed, ill-clad, ill-nourished. The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much, it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.
Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882–1945), U.S. president. FDR Speaks authorized edition of speeches, 1933-1945 (recordings of Franklin Roosevelt's public addresses), side 3, second inaugural address—"One Third of a Nation" (March 4, 1937), ed. Henry Steele Commager, Introduction by Eleanor Roosevelt, Washington Records, Inc. (1960).

The President spoke to the needs of continuing reform and recovery via an expansion of the programs begun in the early New Deal. At the peak of the Depression 50 percent of the work force was either unemployed or receiving wages below the subsistence level. FDR said there was still one-third of the nation in need in 1937.
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