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Roosevelt. The two sentences portray Roosevelt in two very different ways. I am going to take both sentences and break them down into different parts so I can consider the question in more detail.

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Stephen Corbett History Coursework Assessment 2 Q 6 The two sentences portray Roosevelt in two very different ways. I am going to take both sentences and break them down into different parts so I can consider the question in more detail. Statement one starts off by saying: 'He was a great leader who inspired the country.' I have chosen six sources to support this. Source B shows Roosevelt sorting out most of America's problems. In the source Roosevelt looks fatherly and strong (yet we know he had polio.) He seems to be effortlessly throwing away a bin of Hoover's remarks. Source D is a strong, skilful speech by Roosevelt emphasising his popularity, showing he was a great leader. Source H was written by an American historian in 1973. As this source was written forty years later it shows Roosevelt as a great leader who solved many social and economic problems in his time. Source F is a NRA song sheet showing a picture of triumphant looking women with the United Stated flag, happy workers marching and a image of Roosevelt centre stage, an inspirational picture. ...read more.

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Statement two starts off by saying: 'He was an inconsistent as president, changing his mind regularly and bullying people into accepting the New Deal.' I have chosen to use sources C, E, I and J which show this in the best way. Source C shows Roosevelt wasting American money, and bullying a tax payer into carrying the burden for him. Source E suggests Roosevelt is taking money from the 'thrifty' and using it for his own use. Again Source I suggests that Roosevelt is wasting money. In this source his is also compared to being similar to the likes of Hitler and Starlin ('dictator's crown',) Thus suggesting he is acting like a bully. Source J suggests that Roosevelt is being inconsistent. It say's that there are too many people unemployed, homelessness and misery all because of Roosevelt. I also found that Roosevelt wasted money and taxing the rich was not always deemed favourable. However these sources are not that complete about Roosevelt accepting the New Deal. In the second part of the source it says: 'Roosevelt was not solely responsible for the recovery of the USA. ...read more.

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I feel these factors outweigh some of the criticisms levelled against him such as him making central government and presidency too powerful, not getting the American economy out of the depression, continued high unemployment and also the fact the he interfered to much in peoples life's while not doing enough for certain groups e.g. blacks. Even today Republicans still argue that aspects of the New Deal went against the rules of the US constitution. They argue that the New Deal was unconstitutional and the Supreme Court judged this over the NRA. On the other hand the Democrats still argue that aspects of the New Deal went against the rules of the US constitution. They argue that the New Deal would have been a lot worse of during the depression had it not been for the New Deal. They point to Europe, where the depression either help lead to very repressive governments (Nazis in Germany) or helped justify the repressive policies of these governments (Fascist Party in Italy, Nazis in Germany.) Also a debate still rages on about whether WWII rescued the American economy or whether the economy would have recovered without the war. ...read more.

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