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Use Source A and your knowledge of the period to explain why people supported Roosevelt in the 1932 election.

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Lydia Stafford Use Source A and your knowledge of the period to explain why people supported Roosevelt in the 1932 election. By 1932 unemployment in the USA had reached 13 million and was rising rapidly. The poor were without food and eating in soup kitchens. The depression was causing public disorder and when a group of 22,000 First World War veterans (The Bonus Army) marched to Washington because, like many other people, these veterans were poor and demanded to be given an immediate bonus which the government had promised to give them in 1945, tanks were sent in to disperse them. ...read more.

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As a result he refused to set up relief programmes to help the unemployed and he argued that it was up to the individuals to turn around the economy. The people were unhappy as they had been promised 'the final triumph over poverty' in 1928, but the Republicans had been unable to offer any solution to the collapse of the economy. Roosevelt was a good campaigner showing himself to be cheerful, optimistic and caring, whereas Hoover was plodding, drab and defeated throughout the election campaign. ...read more.

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The phrasing 'Destruction, Delay, Deceit and Despair' is full of energy and shows that Roosevelt means business. People supported Roosevelt in the 1932 election because they were disillusioned with Hoover who had been unable to bring them out of the depression and because Roosevelt was positive, forceful and able to give hope. A 'New Deal' appealed to them because the old deal had failed and they were being called to take action against poverty along with their government as Roosevelt says 'Give me your help... to win in this crusade' ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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