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‘Why Did Franklin Delano Roosevelt Win the Election of 1932?’

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'WHY DID FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT WIN THE WIN THE ELECTION OF 1932?' The 1932 election was the 'Depression election'. America was in turmoil because of the 1929 stockmarket crash and then going into the Depression. America needed help! Many people had lost their homes, jobs and their money. By 1932 America were in an economic crisis. There was massive political discontent. It was against this background that the 1932 elections took place. The two candidates, which were competing, were Herbert Clark Hoover, who was a Republican and was already president at the time, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who was a Democrat and was the governor of New York at the time. I am going to explain how Herbert Hoovers response of "Rugged individualism" towards the depression made him unpopular, and how Roosevelt's response of the "Forgotten man" made him very popular and in the end made him the president of the United States Of America. In the election there were two candidates Herbert Clark Hoover, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt. ...read more.

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"In Hoover we trusted, now we are busted." But Hoover still kept on. In 1924, congress voted $3,500,000,000 to the American veterans of the First World War. In order to prevent an immediate strain on its funds, the government decided to pay the money over a 20-year period. During the Depression, many of these veterans found it difficult to find work. An increasing number came to the conclusion that the money would be more useful to them in this time of need than when the bonus was due. A crisis point was reached in the summer of 1932. Since May, destitute veterans (ex-First World War serviceman) and their families had been arriving in Washington DC and demonstrating for the 'bonus' payment that had been promised to them by an act passed in 1924. The bonus, around $500, was not payable until 1945, but the veterans wanted it now. In camps around the city, about 25,000 veterans gathered. The government was worried by their presence. In the desperate atmosphere of the time, it was possible to see the veterans as revolutionary threat. ...read more.

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He wanted to help the people, for example from taxes. Hoover did not seem to like what Roosevelt was doing and kept on telling everyone that "Prosperity was just around the corner" Roosevelt made many promises, some of them were to start unemployment benefits and set up large scale of government projects which would create new jobs. He also offered help to all the millions of hungry Americans. This was known as the "New Deal". People saw that Roosevelt was a strong and determined man who would fight for his country. He also had a lot of experience and plus when in 1921 he fought through a disease called Polio and recovered. People now saw him as a fighter and he could get passed everything if he tried, like a true American. So this is why people voted for him. Roosevelt also promised the American people a "New Deal" this uplifted there confidence in him. He also one because he ran a very energetic and optimistic campaign which offered the United States hope, he was very promising and courageous and above all he was the only option over than Hoover who by now was the "Forgotten Man". ...read more.

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