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Explain the differences in thinking between Hoover and Roosevelt in their approach to The Depression

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Explain the differences in thinking between Hoover and Roosevelt in their approach to The Depression Hoover and Roosevelt have two very different ways of approaching The Depression. Hoover who was orphaned at the age of eight and worked most of his life didn't cure about the ordinary Americans. He let them go hungry and become homeless. Roosevelt on the other hand who was born into a rich family didn't really meet ordinary people until he started Warm Springs. When he became then Governor of New York he did everything he could to help the people in his state. When the Wall Street Crash happen and the Depression hit America Hoover believed that life would return to normal in a few months so he didn't try anything to stop the Depression from continuing. ...read more.


Hoover's first major job was where he was working at gold mines all over the world. The reason he believes that the Government shouldn't interfere with personnel wealth is because he became rich by hard work and a lot of individual effort. He believed that if he could done that everyone in America could also become rich he called it "the American system of rugged individualism". When Hoover realised that The Great Depression was not going to sort itself out which just happened to be before the Presidential elections he decided to take action to stop the Depression. He set up the Reconstruction Finance Corporation who's job it was to lend money to companies with financial problems in order to stop them from going bankrupt and closing down. ...read more.


Roosevelt's way of dealing with The Depression was to spend $20 million on helping the "forgotten" American people like the unemployed, the homeless and the hungry. The American people liked Roosevelt's way of dealing with The Depression more than Hoover's way so when the election came the Americans voted for Roosevelt to be their President, the first President ever to have a disability. My conclusion is that Hoover's approach to The Depression was that it would go away and sort itself out without the Government doing anything about. Roosevelt's approach to The Depression is that only the Government intervening could stop The Depression. My view is that Roosevelt's way of dealing with The Depression is much better than Hoover's because he wants to do something about it where as Hoover just wants it to sort itself out. ...read more.

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