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

Discussion of important reasons why Roosevelt won the Presidential election in 1932.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

'The following were all equally important reasons why Roosevelt won the Presidential election in 1932: I) the experiences of ordinary people 1929-1932 ii) the policies of the Republicans iii) Roosevelt's election campaign. Do you agree with this statement? I agree with this statement a lot, even though there might have been minor factors also contributing to Roosevelt's win, these three are the most important. The wall street crash had an impact on ordinary people. It made people wonder if they can go on living this deep in depression. Most were living in poverty and were struggling to feed their families because the husbands could not work, as there were so little jobs available at that time. Even if they had some money in the bank, as soon as the Wall Street Crash happened, the banks closed and they lost their savings. The suicide rate increased because of this and confidence dropped rapidly causing a sweep of Depression through America. The people of the USA needed somebody to help them, who could restore confidence and give people hope. ...read more.

Middle

Hoover said that he didn't think that the Government should interfere or help the poverty of America that the poor people should go to charities, this was often called 'rugged individualism'. Roosevelt, on the other hand thought that the Government should help. This made people feel as if Roosevelt cared more about the people of America than Hoover. Roosevelt battled with polio and lots of people saw him as a fighter and were in great sympathy with him, some people say that he had sympathy votes. As Governor of New York Roosevelt tried to help ordinary people with unemployment or pensions. He also believed that the government should not have any violence but should be used to make a fairer society. Promises of 'a new deal' excited the people and the prospects of hope. The aims of this deal were Relief, Recovery and Reform. While Roosevelt was making promises of greatness and hope, Hoover was keeping to the thoughts and promises he had when he won the election in November 1928 but these were all wrong. ...read more.

Conclusion

The experiences of ordinary people were a huge issue, as they needed somebody to help as Hoover couldn't and Roosevelt came along. People were hungry and needed jobs and Roosevelt was the one who offered them Relief and Government schemes, not Hoover. To the people, Hoover offered violence and Roosevelt offered hope. Even if that may not have been entirely true, the people believed it and they were the one's who were going to vote. If the Depression hadn't happen then maybe the policies of the Republicans would have been excepted but a lot more people were in poverty and they needed help from the Government and they didn't offer that. Roosevelt had style, determination and promises and he was fighting disease, and he showed it during his campaign. All the three things joined together made a powerful lead in votes and Roosevelt's win and I think that on there own they could have influenced a few votes but together they persuaded a large amount of the country. Overall I think that they were very important to the win of the election and I also think there could be a few other factors but they are the main one's and without them Hoover probably would have won. By Katie Webb 10TG ...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. Why Did Roosevelt Defeat Hoover In the 1932 Presidential Election?

    Hoover let McCarthy; a general appointed by Hoover, get the better of him. McCarthy chose his own way to deal with wartime protestors camping at the White House. He used troops and tear gas to move them. As these protestors were peacefully protesting for money owed to them, troops and tear gas seemed to be too extreme and violent.

  2. Policies to end the Depression: Hoover vs. Roosevelt

    He had the '...common touch.' Roosevelt was most comfortable with his role as the President when he was out mixing with 'his' people, and was sometimes quite bored with the endless sessions in congress and meetings with advisors. He was also good at tackling the most immediate problems such as

  1. Why people supported Roosevelt in the 1932 election

    These words imply that Roosevelt's popularity was doing nothing but "sinking". Source C backs-up this statement by using the image Roosevelt had during the Second World War and thereafter. Its author dislikes the idea that Roosevelt had contributed greatly in the winning of the war, and sees the war as the incident which "rescued him" from falling into complete unpopularity.

  2. Use Source A and your knowledge of the period to explain why people supported ...

    This shows that his own period as president is over and so he leaves the White House. "Getting rid of the rubbish," this image with the caption shows what the author of the cartoon thought of Herbert Hoover and shows how he was for Roosevelt.

  1. Why did Roosevelt win the 1932 presidential election?

    They argued government help was not needed. Even more damaging to Hoover's reputation, was how little he tried to help those who are suffering because of the depression. He believed that help should be provided by local charities or the local government.

  2. Use Source A and your Knowledge of the Period to Explain why People Supported ...

    He is trying to keep the economy going but despite his great effort this is not working. There is only a trickle coming out of the pump, the well has various leaks illustrating that the 'New Deal' isn't working and there are many problems with Roosevelt's policies.

  1. Why Roosevelt won.

    Roosevelt's policies were very popular with the public. He believed strongly in an "active government", trying to improve the lives of ordinary people. This paternalistic government was very alluring as Americans were looking for a way out, and they needed help.

  2. Why did Roosevelt win the 1932 Presidential Election?

    Professor Lee E. Ohanian calculates that this was the cause of about 2/3 of the unemployment in the first years of the Great Depression. While not believing in charity by the government, Hoover did try and help the economy; he gave much of his money to charity and encouraged Americans to do the same.

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