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

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'Life did get better in the 1930's' How far was Roosevelt responsible for this? How far was it due to other factors? When Franklin Delano Roosevelt became president of the U.S.A in 1932 he faced a nation with great problems. Only one president had faced the problems confronting Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover. No one doubts that Roosevelt tackled the problems better then Hoover. But the question still remains whether the 'New Deal' did actually succeed. Roosevelt was able to get his ideas through congress quite quickly, but there was opposition from the Republicans, who said he was doing too much, and some Democrats said that he wasn't doing enough. As soon as Roosevelt became President he set about trying to solve America's problems which were caused by the great depression. These included over 12 million people unemployed, one million homeless and numerous bank failures. ...read more.


Roosevelt's ideas were finally proving worthwhile, having taken his inspiration from an economist called Keynes that you have to spend money to create jobs and stimulate the economy to grow again. Unemployment was in recess and people were putting up posters saying, "I'm glad I'm American," when suddenly everything began to go wrong for Roosevelt. In 1935 two brothers' were found guilty of breaking one of the NRA codes, by selling a batch of diseased chickens, but appealed against the verdict, to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court ruled in favour of the brothers, the Schechter brothers were acquitted and the code they had signed was declared illegal. This destroyed the NRA as over 750 of their codes were found to be illegal. The Supreme Court tried all 16 of the agencies and 11 were declared illegal. ...read more.


However this was just the beginning of the end of Roosevelt's problems, there were strikes, unemployment began to rise again and the 2nd New Deal failed. When deciding whether Roosevelt really helped American life in the 1930's we have to look at other sources and see what they make of it. Many people either loved or hated Roosevelt. His New Deal did not get the country totally out of depression but it did make life a lot better in the 1930's unemployment fell, but was followed by a sharp up rise. Roosevelt did have many opponents, who said that he wasn't doing enough, however we have to remember that Roosevelt was faced with enormous problems and really did try hard to over come them. He got the whole economy system up and running and really gave America a helping hand out of the depression. I think that if any thing improved the conditions in the 1930's it was Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his New Deal. By Natasha Horton 10T ...read more.

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