Rarely Exhibited Draft Of FDR Speech Is On Display

Dec 7, 2016

Seventy-five years after he dictated what would become one of the most famous speeches ever delivered by an American president, Franklin D. Roosevelt's first draft of his "Day of Infamy" speech is on display at his former Hudson Valley estate-turned-museum.

The exhibit titled "Day of Infamy: 24 Hours that Changed History" is on display at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park through December 31. The exhibit includes a rare public display of Roosevelt's first draft of the speech he dictated to his secretary in the hours after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.The document shows FDR's own handwritten editing of his words, including where he scratched out "world history" and wrote "infamy" in the opening sentence. The first draft is rarely displayed to protect its condition.

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