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Describe the main events in Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s political career in the years to 1932.

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Name: Emily Friel Candidate Number: ______ Centre Number: 61367 Specification Number: 1335B Coursework Assignment - Objective One. The United States of America. The Era of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Question One. Describe the main events in Franklin Delano Roosevelt's political career in the years to 1932. (15 marks) Aims. * Developed and detailed explanation, using photocopied sheets and research. * Show an understanding of all of the different aspects of his life that prepared him for his political career. Consider: Background: wealthy family. Privileged status. Cousin had been President. Vice President. Disaster of Polio. Election as Governor of New York - what he did. * Stop at nomination as Presidential Candidate. Franklin Delano Roosevelt was born on 30th January 1882, at his family estate near Hyde Park, in New York. His Father, James Roosevelt was wealthy and owned a lot of land. He was railroad vice-president, and had been in the American Diplomatic Service under President Cleveland. His Mother, Sara Roosevelt was James' second wife. His parents were well known in the district where they lived. They had a famous name, as they were related to President Theodore Roosevelt. Roosevelt had no real brothers or sisters, only a half brother, who was eighteen years He did not go to school until he was fourteen, but was tutored at home. His Father often took him fishing in the summer and tobogganing in the winter. ...read more.


The rebellion over Sheenan made him famous in New York State. In 1912, Woodrow Wilson was nominated. Franklin Roosevelt strongly supported this man, and wrote speeches and letters supporting him. He also led 150 delegates to the Democratic Convention in Baltimore. The party leaders liked his work, and when the Wilson administration came into office, he was given the choice of taking several different jobs. The job he decided to take was assistant secretary of the Navy. Theodore Roosevelt had held this post, before he became President. Franklin helped the Navy to win over German sea forces. Franklin did not join the armed forces when America entered the First World War. Instead he stayed in Washington, where he continued to help the Navy. He helped to enlarge their yards, and improve their methods. He also helped to recruit more sailors, taking the numbers from 75,000 to 500,000 men. He had some very good and very successful ideas that would help the Navy to defeat their enemies. Franklin learned a lot from Wilson. He respected him, and looked up to him. In 1920, the National Convention of the Democratic Party met to chose someone to stand for Presidential Election. Wilson had become an invalid, and so he could not be chosen. The party had decided upon a man called James .M. Cox. They now needed a man to stand for Vice-President, and chose Franklin Roosevelt. ...read more.


Un-employment relief was faltering, and so Roosevelt set about helping to find a new way of helping the people. He consulted several experts to see if they could give him any advice on what he could do. In the end, he persuaded the State Legislature to pass a law saying that they could spend $20,000,000 to help the poor. Roosevelt gained people's trust all over the country. He went onto the radio and talked about his policies. He told people what he could do about the problems they had all been experiencing. People felt affectionately about him, and saw him as a friend they could trust. People were impressed by the way he had handled crisis, and the majority he had won by in the New York election in 1930. This all made him a promising candidate for the Democratic Party's nomination to stand for President. However, some people did not trust him, and in the early part of 1932, a campaign was set up in the Democratic Party to stop him being nominated. In June, the National Convention was held. Roosevelt's supporters went, as did the people who wanted to stop him. A vote was taken three times, and the 'Stop Roosevelt' groups managed to stop him gaining the two thirds of the votes he needed to stand for President. Unless something was done quickly, he would not be able to. His advisors phoned around, and eventually persuaded California and Texas to vote for Roosevelt. Roosevelt was nominated, and was to stand for election as President. ...read more.

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