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Hoover and Roosevelt were two completely different presidents. Hoover was known as a do nothing president and believed that the only way out of the depression was for people to simply work harder as he had done, he encouraged individuality. Roosevelt however was a man of action and was the brains behind the "New Deal" which he set up in order to help America out of the depression. The main four things that Roosevelt hoped to achieve from the "New Deal" were to get people back to work, to protect peoples savings and property and finally to get the American Agricultural industry back on its feet. But were Roosevelt's efforts a success or not? Roosevelt was an extremely talented and inspiring speaker. "The only thing to fear is fear itself" was just one of the motivating phrases that he spoke of during his "fireside chats". Using the new invention of the radio, which many Americans had, Roosevelt would make speeches telling the Americans what he was doing to help get them out of the depression and reassuring them in order to restore the American people's confidence in the government. Nowadays we are used to seeing this kind of thing but back then this was a very new thing. During the First Hundred Days in his presidency, Roosevelt worked very hard alongside his advisers who were known as the "Brain Trust" to make some enormous changes. ...read more.


These criticisms upset Roosevelt but it was the way in which they did it that upset him the most. They said that he was disabled because of a STD rather than because he had had Polio. Employers also put messages into their workers pay packets saying that the new deal would never happen. Roosevelt strongly disliked these people and so did the American people. Despite Roosevelt's unpopularity with the rich in the 1936 election he won a 27 million vote victory the highest margin of victory ever achieved which was mainly due to his popularity with the lower class citizens. However even after he 1936 election Roosevelt's problems were still not over. The most powerful opposition of the New Deal was the Supreme Court which was dominated by republicans who opposed the New Deal. Roosevelt felt that the court was biased and threatened to appoint six new judges who were more sympathetic to the New Deal. He misjudged the opinions of the American people who were alarmed by Roosevelt's attempts to "attack the American system of government". Roosevelt was forced to back down. His actions were not completely pointless though because the court was shaken by Roosevelt's actions and were more lenient in the future. The events of 1937 took there toll on Roosevelt and he was more cautious in the future. ...read more.


Frances was accused of being a soviet spy and tended to get ignored at social gatherings. And Finally the Native Americans whom although still remained an excluded section of society were given money so that they could preserve their culture and traditions. So did the deal achieve what it set out to do? The answer for me is "yes". The four main objectives of the Deal were: * To get people back to work which it did although it had its ups and downs unemployment never again got as bad as it was in 1933. * To protect America's savings and property; Roosevelt made America's banks a safe place to invest your money again. * To provide relief for the sick and poor; Agencies were set up to help the sick and poor but some people still did not benefit although on the whole the New Deal was a big help. * Getting Americas industry back on its feet; the New Deal made huge increases in production. Production never stooped as low again as it did in 1932. With a country as big as America it is impossible to keep everyone happy however I think that on the whole the New Deal did what it was designed for in that it completed its four main objectives and without it I am certain America would not of become what it is today. ?? ?? ?? ?? The New Deal By Tom Hayes ...read more.

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