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Was the New Deal A Success?

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History Coursework Alexander Greig WAS THE NEW DEAL A SUCCESS? 1) People supported Roosevelt in 1932 election because he was positive, energetic and made the American people feel good. He was full of good news, or at least how good things would be if he were to be elected. He made it out to be a crusade, and not just one for him, one for the people. He almost made them feel that they were electing themselves, not Franklin. D. Roosevelt. He promised the Americans a new deal. He really made the American people believe that he was going to make everything all right again. They trusted him greatly. Another reason for him getting elected was because of the opposition. The opposition was Hoover. Many Americans felt he was to blame to the depression, and to top it all he wasn't even acknowledging that there was actually a problem. People weren't going to vote for someone who had made their lives awful, probably the only votes he did get was from the rich industrialists, whom he had helped. Hoover just put forward the argument that businesses work in cycles of boom and bust and that prosperity would soon return. That was his solution to the problem. ...read more.

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I feel Source I is more useful because it is from a popular song. Everybody was singing it. Also what is said in the song is backed up by other reports too. Its not praising the New Deal, saying it's amazing, but it is saying that its helping people and things are better. The song is what the people were thinking, how they felt about Roosevelt. He got them working again, he got them their wages, and he made them feel better about life. Roosevelt's supporters wrote source H. It was used as part of his election campaign, and is quite clearly going to be biased. Bits of what is said can be backed up by other sources, but most of it is glorified to help make Roosevelt sound wonderful. 5) The main differences between Sources J and K are that Source J saying that. Roosevelt was hurting people by giving. He was taking away their prowess. A quote from the source says 'He didn't understand that when you give to people, you hurt them'. This man is clearly stating that he feels The New Deal was a bad thing - it made self respecting men into nothing. It diminished them if you like, 'Welfare kills a mans initiative. ...read more.

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Unfortunately he may have gone too far with this and had too much control. He didn't really encourage his people to fend for themselves enough and in the end America became dependent on itself, not its people. Roosevelt ended up leaving the country with a huge national debt and if the Second World War hadn't happened I feel that Roosevelt would have kept pumping money into the schemes till America really was struggling and everything came back in his face. I think that these two people disagree about the New Deal purely because of who actually wrote them. Source J was written by a self made, proud, businessman. He had a lot of pride. He'd worked to get somewhere. When Roosevelt just started handing out money to people like him he didn't like it. He saw almost as an insult. He felt he didn't need it, he was able to find money and work for himself, and after all he was a proud man who was capable - even in the middle of a depression. He felt people should fend for themselves, not live on handouts, he didn't like it one bit. It was almost as if Roosevelt giving him money was damaging his ego, it made him feel like he was being seen as a failure, when he felt he wasn't and that he could sort it out himself. It made him feel small. ...read more.

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