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

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2. How far was Roosevelt responsible for his election victory in 1932? In some ways Roosevelt was responsible for his election victory but in some ways he won it simply as people did not want to vote for Hoover, he was disliked at the time. This helped Roosevelt as either way he would have won. However there are two sides to this argument as I will explain. Firstly, many historians believed that people voted for Roosevelt as Hoover was disliked at the time and they didn't want Hoover to win, also Roosevelt's Campaign put a good impression on people. This made it a lot easier for Roosevelt to win the election as many voted for him. Roosevelt was responsible for his election victory in several ways. Roosevelt was a popular governor of New York and carried out very successful policies such as spending state money to solve problems this helped him as people liked what he did and they new what he could do. ...read more.

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He was willing to spend money on them. This gained and increased his votes. Roosevelt had new policies that would bring about relief and recovery for the USA population; some historians believe that the Americans were overwhelmed by these policies; in effect the policies appealed to the American public which then led again to more votes for Roosevelt. However, on the other hand other issues were responsible for Roosevelt's election victory. The main point was that he was disliked and 15.8 million voted for him this gave Roosevelt a better chance as he had a lot more than this. Hoover had an inability to deal with the Wall Street Crash and the Great Depression, this led to people losing confidence in Hoover therefore this decreased his votes and increased Roosevelt's votes. Hoover tried to help the economy and big businesses as a whole but he failed which led to less votes. Because Hoover was failing so many times and was incapable of doing many things American people didn't want this, they wanted someone who would help them not let them down. ...read more.

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Too little too late did act. However it didn't act quick enough to solve American problems. This now made people have less faith in Hoover's government as it didn't follow neither reach its promises. Hoover believed in "rugged individualism". This meant that if you were in trouble you should help yourself and not expect others to help you he had a saying "prosperity is round the corner". Lots of people lost faith in the republicans because of this, they didn't believe in rugged individualism. In comparison Roosevelt and the democrats promised a new deal that aimed to recover the American economy. As you can see either way Roosevelt was going to win the election. Both sides of the argument are explained and show's us clearly that Hoover was responsible and Roosevelt was responsible for the election in 1932. Overall I would say that both Roosevelt and Hoover were to blame for Roosevelt's election in 1932. Because Hoover was disliked this made people want to vote for Roosevelt, however the Americans liked Roosevelt so therefore I think they are both equally to blame for Roosevelt's election. ...read more.

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