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

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How far was Roosevelt himself responsible for his election victory in 1932? Explain your answer. There were several reasons for Roosevelt?s election in 1932 all of which can be placed into three different categories, Roosevelt?s strengths, the opponent?s weaknesses and The Depression. All of these reasons were important in their own ways. The Depression had caused America huge problems. Unemployment had risen to nearly 14 million by 1932. Businesses had had to cut production by in some cases up to 80%. Average wage had fallen from 59 to 49 cents an hour. This meant that people were slowly getting more and more desperate as there seemed to be no action being done by the republican government so people started looking for solutions in the Democratic Party. ...read more.

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15000 people streamed into Washington. Hoover refused to pay and brought in the army to deal with the veterans. This made Hoover less popular because people respected those who had fought for their country and when Hoover had attacked them which was a terrible thing to do so people viewed him as a bad person. Hoover believed in ?Lassiez Faire? which meant that he believed that the Economy should run itself and not be interfered with. This made Hoover unpopular as it meant he would not offer any support for the workers who were now unemployed or loan money to businesses that needed loans to help them create more jobs. ...read more.

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Roosevelt liked touring the country and meeting people. He talks to the people and lets them get to know him as a person not just a far off distant man like Hoover, who people saw as cold and unfriendly. This meant that people liked Roosevelt as a person and felt they had a bond with him that they didn?t have with Hoover, this increased his popularity. I believe that the depression was the greatest cause for Roosevelt?s victory in the 1932 election. During the 1920?s Hoovers ?Lassiez Faire? values worked well, there was a large boom and most of the country benefited. However when The Depression occurred it revealed all the problems with Hoover and made Roosevelt look like a better candidate for the job. ...read more.

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