• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Deph Study C: the United States of America, 1919 - 1941 - Sources Question

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

DEPH STUDY C: THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 1919 - 1941 (a) (i) President Hoover thought that the causes of the Depression of the �29 weren't because of the USA lending money to Germany, or because of the Dawe�s Plan, or any other reason that might blame the USA. He thought that all the other countries had the fault or were to be blamed because of the Depression of the �29. I think that he thought that way because as he was President from the USA, he was obviously going to defend his country and say that his country had been a victim of all the other countries and problems of other parts of the world. (ii) In source B, the historian who wrote that thinks almost completely different than President Hoover. You can clearly notice the different opinions, as in source B, it says that the Wall Street Crash was the main cause of the economic Depression of 1929, the historian seems to be sure about it. ...read more.

Middle

So, I think that source B is more useful than the other as evidence of the causes of the Depression. (b) (i) One reason why agriculture did not share in the 1920s� boom was because of the loss of the European market. During the war America had shipped millions of tons of grain to Europe. Europe ha become the main market for American farm exports. But the First World War had so bankrupted Europe that few Europeans could afford to buy American farm produce any longer. Also, the tariff barriers put up by the Republicans to protect American industries made Europe poorer still so it could not afford American produce. Another reason is that American farmers were also struggling against competition from the highly efficient Canadian wheat producers. All of this came at a time when the population of the USA was actually falling and there were fewer mouths to feed. ...read more.

Conclusion

But others believed that the depression meant the breakdown of the whole system of capitalism. (iv) Hoover was regarded as a "do nothing" President. He tried to encourage the US export trade although without much success. Even more damaging to Hoover's reputation, was how little he tried to help those who were suffering because of the Depression. He believed that social security was not the responsibility of the Government. Hoover appeared to be heartless and indifferent to the suffering of the American people. There could not be a greater contrast to Hoover than his opponent, the Democrat candidate, Franklin D. Roosevelt, who believed strongly in "active government" trying to improve the lives of ordinary people; had plans to spend public money on getting people back to work. As Governor of New York he had already started doing this on his own state. He was not afraid to ask on advice on important issues from a wide range of experts such as factory, union leaders or economists. Luc�a Voegeli, 3� "B" ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE USA 1919-1941 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE USA 1919-1941 essays

  1. The crash (causes and consequences of the Wall Street Crash)

    Many left for California where they hoped for a better life. But these Oakies and Arkies (from Oklahoma and Arkansas) often received a hostile welcome. Many resented them and feared they were stealing their relief cheques. Many believed that they were responsible for their own problems.

  2. The USA

    This caused a lot of social problems, 'crime has increased to a level never seen before.' Rockefeller pointed out the factual negative facts out. Prohibition did work and has even made the matter worse; this suggests that the failure of Prohibition was inevitable, as no one would support prohibition, even he was for prohibition.

  1. History depth study coursework-USA 1919-1945.

    The amount of drunk drivers also increased rapidly from 0 to 820 in five years. As well as this Source J shows the corruptness of the law which is also mentioned in this letter, "respect for the law ahs been greatly lessened".

  2. Wall Street Crash, stock market crash in the United States in 1929.

    Among the new measures were higher taxes for the rich, strict regulations for private utilities, subsidies for a Rural Electrification Administration, and what amounted to a bill of rights for organized labour. The National Labor Relations Act of 1935 gave federal protection to the bargaining process and established a set of fair employment standards.

  1. In the 1920's America was the richest and most powerful country in the world ...

    Nonetheless most American people were so desperate that they did not listen to Hoover's pessimistic views. Franklin D. Roosevelt had been the Governor of New York. He was a democrat, and in 1932 the Democratic Party elected him to run against President Hoover in that years Presidential Election.

  2. The United States 1919 - 1941, The Wall Street Crash

    And so when the crash occurred, they lost more money and were ruined. Banks did not have enough money in reserve to help businesses that were in trouble. This was because they had lent too much money but now the banks were facing difficulties because people could not afford to repay their loans.

  1. Prohibition 1920 Sources Question

    I don't have any proof of this source being politically correct, biased, or even any background information about the author, or his beliefs. But, I do have the reliability that it was published in a history atlas, which is valid in this case.

  2. USA: 1919 1941 Revision Notes

    become common, as well as commercial flights * Introduction of department stores, where people helped themselves to goods Suffering industries: Coal, Railway, Textiles (Cotton/wool), Agriculture * ?Old industries? such as coal mining began to be in competition with oil * Cars began to take over the railway transport system, lessening

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work