The Playlist • The Roosevelts (1912, 1920)

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You wouldn’t know it from the recent Ken Burns special, but Theodore Roosevelt was no stranger to recording. Here are two of his Edison cylinders, recorded in his Oyster Bay home — politicians were among the very few to whom recording companies would dispatch a mobile unit at the time. His sister Corinne’s only known commercial recording, backing Warren G. Harding in the 1920 presidential election, is among the rarest of the Nation’s Forum issues. And finally, we have a young FDR, in his first known recording, already touching on the themes that would put him in the White House twelve years later.

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THEODORE ROOSEVELT: Social and Industrial Justice

Sagamore Hill (Oyster Bay, NY): c. July 1912
Edison Amberol 1147 (released September 1912)

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THEODORE ROOSEVELT: The Right of the People to Rule

Sagamore Hill (Oyster Bay, NY): c. July 1912
Edison Amberol 1149 (released September 1912)

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CORINNE ROOSEVELT ROBINSON: Safeguard America!

New York: July 18, 1920
Nation’s Forum N.F. 18 (Columbia mx. 49864 – 1)

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FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT: Americanism

New York: c. Late July 1920
Nation’s Forum N.F. 20 (Columbia mx. 49871 – 1)

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