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"Roosevelt was bold. He told people what he was going to do. And he did it. But he was not bold enough." Do you agree with his interpretation?

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Question 3 "Roosevelt was bold. He told people what he was going to do. And he did it. But he was not bold enough." Do you agree with his interpretation? March 4th 1933 brought the 32nd president of the USA (Franklin Delano Roosevelt) to power. The new president was said to be 'bold but not bold enough'. His role in the New Deal is opinionated by James T Patterson in 1989 (Source A). The source shows and highlights all of Roosevelt's good points and expresses his care for America. By managing to stabilise Germany and bring her out of the depression, he gained confidence in the American society. Looking at the letter from an American citizen to Roosevelt (Source B) you can clearly see the effect Roosevelt had on America with his many 'Deals'. Roosevelt's original priorities were; Relief for the old, sick an unemployed, a reduction in unemployment numbers to a bare minimum, and to avoid the great depression again (relief, recovery and reform). ...read more.

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Roosevelt made a very dramatic effect in this fire-side chat. He restored confidence in the American people. Slowly but surely, people began to return money to banks. Roosevelt had given the American society hope and faith. Source I is a speech made by the president on 6th Jan 1941. His confidence and strong personality gave Roosevelt votes. After the Emergency Banking Act, the 'first 100 days' began. This period of time is believed to be a unique period in American history. It was a time when the president and his team made a number of new laws that were all passed by congress, Roosevelt's first focal point was restoring and protecting the environment. The Civilian Conservation Corps (shown in Source D), did just this. It was set up to supply work for unemployed 18-25 year old men on conservation schemes. ...read more.

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Roosevelt's main priorities of the New Deal involved reducing the numbers of unemployment levels in America. This was not succeeded and in fact the amount of unemployed reached a staggering 24.9% at the end of 1933. In his first year of power, unemployment did not suffer any change for the better. Although the numbers were reduced (Source E) over the next four years, 1938 saw a sudden increase in unemployment. It seems that the success of reducing unemployment had come to an end, along with Roosevelt when he unfortunately died in 1945. There are many different opinions on the success of the New Deal and the boldness of Roosevelt. My opinion is that Roosevelt was bold enough to make it a total success. Although he did not manage to completely solve the problems of America and the depression. He gave millions hope and the will to carry on. Roosevelt's boldness will always remain a matter of opinion. History Coursework Catherine Ball ...read more.

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