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History: South Dakotans overwhelmingly vote to send FDR to Washington

The flurry of reforms and programs launched in the earliest months of FDR's presidency restructured the banking system, put millions to work and expanded the role of government in the economy and in citizens' everyday lives.
The flurry of reforms and programs launched in the earliest months of FDR's presidency restructured the banking system, put millions to work and expanded the role of government in the economy and in citizens' everyday lives.

This audio is from SDPB's daily public-affairs show, In the Moment, hosted by Lori Walsh.

It was 1932, the Great Depression was underway, and during the general election, South Dakotans overwhelmingly voted to send democrat Franklin Delano Roosevelt to serve his first term as President of the United States. Today we take a moment to look back at that election.