Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Boulder Dam Dedication Speech, Sept. 30, 1935

In September 1935, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt traveled to Boulder Dam (later renamed Hoover Dam) to celebrate the monumental feat of engineering, accomplished through public and private partnership. 

How did Roosevelt weave the story of Boulder Dam into a vision for national progress?  How does Roosevelt characterize what existed before the dam, and its utility, and what would come afterwards? What are some of the different benefits cited by Roosevelt as resulting from the dam’s completion?

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