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Moving Forward with Strong and Active Faith: FDR’s Final Words to the Nation

Seventy-six years after the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, his timeless words continue to elicit hope during times of darkness

Franklin Delano Roosevelt at his home in Hyde Park, New York in 1928. This was seven years after polio took the use of his legs and the same year he was elected governor of New York. Source: Hulton Archive/Getty Images
The Little White House in Warm Springs, Georgia pictured in April 2014. Source: Holley Snaith
Franklin Roosevelt holding his “campaign hat” while sitting on the porch of his new home in Warm Springs, the Little White House, October 1932. Source: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum
A woman cries as Franklin Roosevelt’s funeral train passes through the rural South in April 1945. Source: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum
Franklin Roosevelt started the country’s first polio rehabilitation center in Warm Springs in 1927. Here he and Eleanor are pictured talking to some of the young patients at the Georgia Hall in 1938. FDR, and sometimes Eleanor, would journey down to Warm Springs to spend Thanksgiving with the patients. Source: The Roosevelt Doctor
This is the last photograph of Franklin Roosevelt taken, on April 11, 1945, just one day before his death. It was taken in the living room of the Little White House by photographer Nicholas Robbins for Madame Elizabeth Shoumatoff’s “Unfinished Portrait” of the president. Source: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum.



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Holley Snaith

Holley is a historian specializing in 20th century political, entertainment, and music history. Visit to learn more.