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I think Franklin Delano Roosevelt's 'New Deal' was responsible for this. The New Deal itself succeeded in sparking America's eventual economic recovery, it was undeniably instrumental in starting an equally important psychological recovery.

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Franklin Delano Roosevelt In this essay I will be looking at the up coming of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. In this question I am seeing if Roosevelt's background, upbringing and character helped him to understand the concerns of normal Americans. There were many factors; which helped him to understand their concerns. In the late 1920's America was a booming country due to all the loans people were taking out. They borrowed money to buy shares which they gained profits in. then in 1929, the Wall Street crash occurred. People rushed out to sell shares because they realised companies were doing badly. Businesses collapsed and thousands of people were ruined, selling shares for anything. The Republican government didn't believe the state should interfere in the free-market economy to help businesses, or to help with the welfare concerns of the poor and unemployed. The government thought the people should help themselves. This lead to a great depression. The depression affected ordinary Americans, lots of unemployment occurred as much as 80%, as businesses could not afford to pay wages. This lead to people selling their homes, and living in 'Hoover Ville towns'. The American people became very poor and depressed, losing belief in the government and Herbert Hoover. Franklin Delano Roosevelt could understand the concerns of Americans through his upbringing and background. He attended Groton School, which prepared him to become a leader. His head teacher helped him by giving him character training. This made him think he had a duty to help people less fortunate than him. ...read more.

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When people heard of this they would instantly think of good things and feel up lifted. This tune would be followed by a smiling Roosevelt and a passionate speech of some sort. This is what Roosevelt did to help him win the election. On the other hand we could say there were other reasons that made him win the election. Some people say that FDR did not win the election but Herbert Hoover lost the election. Herbert Hoover (the Republican) had put America in a bad way as he believed in his laissez-faire policy. The American people would have voted anyone in even a trained monkey. Hoover also made it easy as he did not really change any of his polices. FDR was influenced by Theodore Roosevelt. He copied other people's ideas as he used Theodore's train campaign. Which he knew had been highly successful. People also say it was because of the influence of his wife, Eleanor Roosevelt. She helped him make decisions about the control of family members and affected a lot of decisions he made. Other people who influenced him were Woodrow Wilson and his head master. Another factor that helped FDR win the election may have been the 'brain trust'. FDR frequently turned for help from the brain trust, which was made up of individuals from outside the Government. It included professors, lawyers and others who came to Washington to advise on economic affairs. ...read more.

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Also FDR did not do enough for certain groups, especially black people. Further more he made the central government and the Presidency too powerful, damaging the constitution, especially the independence of the Supreme Court. Some people said the New Deal plans were economic plans (he was almost Communist). Another point is he interfered too much in people's lives, taking away their self-reliance, e.g. introducing social security. Also Franklin prevented businesses from recovering as quickly as it might have done by creating so many rules and regulations, and helping the growth of powerful labour unions. Finally it was not FDR who created jobs but build up to the Second World War that did. Overall, I believe that life got better for all Americans in the 1930s. I think Franklin Delano Roosevelt's 'New Deal' was responsible for this. The New Deal itself succeeded in sparking America's eventual economic recovery, it was undeniably instrumental in starting an equally important psychological recovery. Roosevelt was able to maintain his popularity despite the persistence of extreme economic hardship through out his first two terms, by successfully transforming the individual materialistic striving for self-preservation of millions of Americans into a communal characteristic struggle for the preservation of democracy. I think the positive points have out weighed the negative points. Franklin brought about a lot of change and helped the Americans through the depression, unlike Herbert Hoover who left the economy to try and sort itself out, which did not work. I think Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal did bring about better life for all Americans in the 1930s. ?? ?? ?? ?? America course work 1 ...read more.

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