June 20 - 1933: President holds economic conference off Provincetown

President Roosevelt chooses Cape Cod to outline plans for recovery
Roosevelt was the first president to use the latest media as his "Bully Pulpit". Early radio included long-gone networks like the Mutual and the Blue networks.

1933: President holds economic conference off Provincetown

Uses new media to rally America

On this day in 1933 when our nation was deep into the worse depression in its history, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt choose the waters off Cape Cod as the setting for his conference to outline his epic plans for America's recovery.

Roosevelt met with his staff while at the helm of his own 35-foot sloop Amberjack, (shown above, see it full size here courtesy of the Rossevelt Library) with the Provincetown Monument looming two miles away as the conference ended.

It is difficult to imagine a political leader with the imagination to do the same today as similar economic clouds darken our country's horizons. 

The president used the plight of the early settlers in this part of New England to illustrate a path to recovery in that time of grave, economic trouble. The story is below:

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