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Life did get better for many Americans in the 1930's. How far was Roosevelt responsible for this or was it due to other factors?

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3. Life did get better for many Americans in the 1930's. How far was Roosevelt responsible for this or was it due to other factors? When Franklin Delano Roosevelt became president of America in 1932, things appeared to improve for the citizens and for the economy. This was not just down to Roosevelt's work; other factors also played an important role. When Roosevelt came to power the country was in trouble. Unemployment was extremely high and the morale of the Americans was low with people's trust and confidence in the government and banks gone. Roosevelt offered the 'New Deal' to his people. In this 'New Deal' he set out to restore the confidence that had been lost, boost the American economy and reduce unemployment. The 'Wall Street Crash' of 1929 started unemployment, poverty and low confidence. ...read more.

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Roosevelt was able to offer reassurance, explain his policies in a simple way and even tell the people about his own personal issues. This boosted people's confidence because it showed them that the President actually cared and wanted to help them through the crisis. Most Americans put their trust in Roosevelt and believed strongly in his ideas, which was not the case when Hoover was president. Roosevelt also set up various different actions to help the American people in need. For example, he set up the 'Emergency Banking Act', which stopped banks from gambling their customer's money on stocks and shares on Wall Street. This helped to make people feel as though their money was safe in banks. Therefore people began to take out loans and store their money in bank accounts. Another one of Roosevelt's measures was 'The Federal Emergency Relief Administration' which provided $500 million to help the poor in certain States of America. ...read more.

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So I think America joining the war came at a good time for Roosevelt. In conclusion, Roosevelt did make life better for many Americans with the 'New Deal'. He managed to help unemployment and restore people's confidence in the economy and the government during his time as president. But, other factors such as 'The Second World War' certainly helped to make this happen. Also, many of the policies that were successful came at a cost. For example, when Government spending increased, raising taxes funded this. So, the wealthier citizens were expected to pay more tax to enable poorer citizens to get a job. This made Roosevelt unpopular with many rich people because they lost more money in taxes when he was President. Another criticism was the fact that many of the jobs created were not in fact real, permanent jobs and people were being paid for leaf raking and tree felling. Although farmers had received help from the government, farm incomes remained low and the problems had not been resolved. ...read more.

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