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

How far was Roosevelt himself responsible for his election victory in 1932? Explain your answer.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

History Coursework #2: How far was Roosevelt himself responsible for his election victory in 1932? Explain your answer. In 1932, there were two main candidates running for the President of the USA. The two candidates were Herbert Hoover from the Republican Party, and Franklin D. Roosevelt from the Democratic Party. At the time, the American society was in complete shock due to the Depression and they desperately needed a president who would guide them through this hardship. The two candidates had very opposing beliefs. Hoover believed that the government should not interfere with people's lives. He followed the system called 'rugged individualism' which meant that America had become rich through the individual efforts of the people. In contrast, Roosevelt believed that the government should provide assistance to the poorer citizens by using methods such as creating jobs for the unemployed and giving money directly to the poor. This essay will explore how responsible Roosevelt's own strengths were of his election victory, as well as the other factors which helped him to do so. ...read more.

Middle

Another factor which was responsible for Roosevelt's election victory was Hoover's weaknesses. First of all, when the Depression first hit America in 1929, Hoover believed that it would only last a few months and would eventually end on its own. Hence, he did not attempt to end it until 1932 when it was obvious that the country would not return to prosperity by itself. He then started to take some action, although many people believed that it was too late. He began to make small loans to farmers and created a few new jobs for the unemployed in a road-building program. However, this was simply not enough as the country was already in too much of a mess. Another large reason why Hoover had lost so many votes during the election was due to the 'Bonus Marchers' of 1932. At the end of the First World War, the surviving veterans were promised a pension that would be paid to them in 1945. ...read more.

Conclusion

Therefore, Roosevelt was not just an alternative choice to Hoover, but a great leader who looked to put an end towards the Depression in a manner which contented many of the struggling Americans. In conclusion, Roosevelt himself had contributed greatly to his election victory with his auspicious campaign, vocal talents and personable qualities; however, he was not wholly responsible for the victory. One of the most important factors was the public hatred of Hoover and the fact that the majority of people had desperately wanted change. These people had disapproved of Hoover's way of handling the Depression and had wanted an alternative choice, and this gave Roosevelt a huge advantage. Another significant factor was that Roosevelt had managed to win the battle of ideas on how to tackle the Depression as the two candidates had completely different ideas about pulling America out of the Depression. Roosevelt had fabulous talent and experience as a politician, but there were more reasons to why he had won the presidential election in 1932 than just his own strengths. ...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. Policies to end the Depression: Hoover vs. Roosevelt

    Hoover also set up the Reconstruction Finance Corporation (RFC) to lend money to ailing businesses and help others to repay their loans. The RFC did help some businesses to stay afloat, yet generally it was seen to be giving pocket-money to businesses that were financially stable, and spending its money in entirely the wrong places.

  2. How far was Roosevelt responsible for his election victory?

    believed that people should earn their own living through hard work and enterprise. However, it was this belief that went against him. When the Great Depression struck in the 1930s, people were desperate for the government to help restore their good lives in the 1920s.

  1. The USA

    Overall Source I seems to prove that the policeman in source J is telling the truth in an way as they both suggest the failure of prohibition, anyone who tried to stop prohibition would not have a good future. Also all the politicians who were responsible for the prohibition, did

  2. How Far Was Roosevelt Himself Responsible for his Election Victory in 1932?

    These policies land marked America as one of the most, if not the most developed country in the whole world at the time. But after the Wall Street Crash, these laissez-faire policies just didn't work. The people desperately needed government intervention.

  1. Life did get better for many Americans in the 1930's. How far was Roosevelt ...

    The FERA (Federal Emergency Relief Agency) was another agency to be set up. It provided relief to those most in need. Using up to five hundred million dollars of government money for the relief. This created soup kitchens, nurseries and schools for children of the poor and also schemes to provide poor people with employment.

  2. How far was Roosevelt responsible for his election victory in 1932? Explain your answer.

    This meant that if he was President these backers could support the countries economy, therefore the Americans felt like this was a good move and they could live a good life again. Roosevelt's character also played a big part in helping him become President and achieving the Americans support.

  1. How far was Roosevelt himself responsible for his election victory in 1932? Explain your ...

    This was a very appealing characteristic for a president during the depression as people knew that if he was in power he would be determined to face the problem head on.

  2. How far was Roosevelt himself responsible for his election victory in 1932?

    Also, his character and personality, perceived by most Americans as cold and uncaring, made him unpopular. Another major factor in Roosevelt?s electoral success was the situation at the time, both political and economic. First of all, the country was deep in the Depression, unemployment and homelessness reaching all-time highs.

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