The memorial traces twelve years of American History through a sequence of four outdoor rooms—each one devoted to one of FDR's terms of office. From the days of his first Presidential campaign during the depths of the Great Depression, Roosevelt spoke directly to the people. "I pledge you, I pledge myself," he said in his 1932 acceptance speech, "to a new deal for the American people." Four years later, he proclaimed that "this generation of Americans has a rendezvous with destiny."
Throughout his Presidency, 1933-1945, he addressed America by radio in what came to be known as fireside chats. More than 50 years after Roosevelt's death, his own words call out from the walls of his memorial as if he were somehow present.