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Question 3 There are two arguments regarding Roosevelt's boldness. One is that Roosevelt did not help everybody, and that he was not bold enough. He mainly helped a specific group of people, which he called the "Ordinary people". These were the people who were poor and desperate for help because of their way of living. Roosevelt spent a lot of money on helping out the ordinary people. He made it clear at the start of the campaign that he would do this. So already from the start he wasn't helping everybody in America. The New Deal did not help the black people and poor white farmers who were affected by the "dustbowl". It then looked like the rich and wealthy who were not being looked after as well as the "ordinary people" were the forgotten people, the people who were just as desperate and in need of help. But they did not receive the attention they deserved. Roosevelt made clear his aim to eliminate unemployment, but he could not keep his promise because the unemployment figures still remained high. What Roosevelt tried to do to solve the unemployment crisis was to set up work schemes to rebuild the country. ...read more.


Source C is an opinion of Roosevelt's motives for the New Deal written by Francis Perkins who was the secretary of Labour in Roosevelt's New Deal government of the 1930's. she claims and believes that Roosevelt did something for the forgotten man. "As Roosevelt described it, the 'New Deal' meant that the forgotten man, the little man, the man nobody knew much about, was going to be dealt better cards to play with". However she may have included unintentional bias because she had worked for Roosevelt and he gave her a top position within his cabinet and she owes him gratitude. She also mentions helping farmers in the source. But we know that Roosevelt actually did not help many farmers as the New Deal excluded most. Source D agrees with the interpretation of Roosevelt being bold because it shows what Roosevelt said he was going to do. It is a typical propaganda photo and it shows that agencies worked and that the employee's were happy. However, the source does not show what everyone thinks. It is a staged photo, everyone looks prepared and ready. ...read more.


Americans enjoyed a much better lifestyle during Roosevelt's presidency up to 1938 until the country fell back into depression. At around 1936, the American style of living was the highest in the world. Source F criticises Roosevelt for interfering too much, for creating a work-shy nation and making people reliant on benefits. This company was most likely to be Republican. Entrepreneurs believed that Roosevelt was doing too much and believed he was restricting their freedom. This is not everyone's opinion. Only one particular American company that had a negative experience. In 1936, Roosevelt won 27 million votes in the elections. It was the biggest landslide victory an American president had ever received. Source G attacks Roosevelt for "destroying" America and moving away from "rugged individualism". The source is saying that Roosevelt was not bold enough, it is more than likely to be a Republican perspective of the New Deal. Roosevelt did not do anything to harm the American way of life. If anything, he made it better. He was known as the President who cared. After America had fallen into depression for the second time in 1938, the American people knew once again the feeling of the 1929 Wall Street Crash, and felt the effects that people had felt then. Imogen Wierzan Ms Haughey ...read more.

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