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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 this interpretation of Roosevelt?

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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 this interpretation of Roosevelt? Roosevelt came to power during one of the most crucial periods in American history. After twelve years of 'non-interference' policies from Republican presidents, Roosevelt was elected to take immediate action against the depression that had crippled America after the Wall Street crash of 1929. Rather than waiting for the economy to work itself out, at once he set about repairing the shattered economy and the broken hope of America. His first action was to stabilise America's banks, in an effort to improve confidence in them, and therefore help keep them running. On the 5th of March 1933, only one day after his inauguration, he closed America's banks, so that government officials could check them over. Four days later, on the 9th of March, 5000 trustworthy banks were reopened, support by government funding if necessary. One of Roosevelt's advisers, Raymond Moley, said; "The bank rescue of 1933 was probably the turning point of the Depression. ...read more.

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It is also clear that everyone in the picture is happy, especially Roosevelt himself. This shows that, not only is he a man of the people, but he is at ease with the general public. In this respect, the source is quite useful, despite the fact that it is obviously meant for propaganda purposes. Source E3 shows us similar traits in Roosevelt: "He was concerned with more than just improving his own position (though he cared very much about that). He wanted to help ordinary people and he expressed their needs in simple language they could understand. In his 'fireside chats', his humorous press conferences and his attention to the avalanche of mail that poured into the White House, he projected the image of a man who cared. His air of confidence gave people hope and restored their faith in democracy." As with sources A and B, it not only shows us that his public image was one of a man who cared deeply, but also one of a man determined to make a difference. ...read more.

Conclusion

From these sources, we can arguably say that the quote is entirely correct. Roosevelt was bold. His quick action during the hundred days congress session set America back on the path to prosperity, creating new jobs, housing the homeless, and feeding the hungry. The marked change this made to the confidence of the nation was astonishing. However, Roosevelt was, at times, not bold enough. His decision to cut the New Deal budget, under intense pressure from the republicans, was almost a disaster for America. It sent it back into recession, and, had the Second World War not started when it did, things may have turned out very differently for America. Despite the success he enjoyed as President, we can see that, although he did a great deal of good while he was in office, he was not bold enough, or even as bold as he could have afforded to be, with the vast support he was given by the American people. Nick Ocheretin. 1 Raymond Moley, one of Roosevelt's advisers during the Hundred Days Congress session. 2 A letter written to President Roosevelt in the 1930's. 3 From America in the Twentieth Century, by James T Patterson, 1989. 4 From United States government figures 5 Published by an American company, 1936. ...read more.

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