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Why did Roosevelt win the 1932 election?

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Question 3: Why did Roosevelt win the 1932 election? The 1932 election was the 'Depression election'. America was in turmoil because of the 1929 stockmarket crash and then going into the Depression. America needed help! Many people had lost their homes, jobs and their money. By 1932 America were in an economic crisis. There was massive political discontent. It was against this background that the 1932 elections took place. The two candidates, which were competing, were Herbert Clark Hoover, who was a Republican and was already president at the time, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who was a Democrat and was the governor of New York at the time. I am going to explain how Herbert Hoovers response of "Rugged individualism" towards the depression made him unpopular, and how Roosevelt's response of the "Forgotten man" made him very popular and in the end made him the president of the United States Of America. Born in1874, Herbert Hoover lost both his parents before he was eleven years old. ...read more.


He thought that too much help from the government would damage the self-reliance of America and believed in the relief being provided by private charities and the local government itself. His belief in self help was shown strongly in Hoover's campaign and policies and much to an extent looked nothing new to the people of America who perhaps felt bored with Hoover's presidency and perhaps his policies were too little too late. Hoover's presidency since 1929 had damaged him, did him no justice and left him unpopular with the public which left a huge gateway for Roosevelt in the 1932 election, if he could manage to put forward a difference to Hoover's campaign for America. Franklin Delano Roosevelt was born into a very wealthy family and spent his early years in Hyde Park, New York leading an extremely comfortable land spoilt childhood, already a strong difference to Hoover. He was an only child and grew up in an atmosphere of privilege and strongly influenced by his possessive mother spent his early years home schooling. ...read more.


Roosevelt felt that he had managed to overcome his own fearful blows in his life, for example polio, so convinced voters that he was qualified to help the American people overcome their own suffering. A firm change was needed for America and Roosevelt seemed to be the only option for this to proceed. Roosevelt being a Democrat was already a huge difference to Hoover and helped Roosevelt succeed in wining the 1932 election. In many ways I believe Roosevelt's victory needs no explanation, putting forward new policies along with change, it would be surprising if any President could have been re-elected against this after the sufferings of 1929-1932. Roosevelt's policies were perceived as better for the American people than Hoover's campaign and policies were. I feel it was a combination of Hoover's errors such as, not giving the people of America what they wanted and needed and no faith in their president, along with Roosevelt's strengths like, having someone new in the office and his new policies, which won the 1932 election. Fiona Crookshank Roosevelt Coursework ...read more.

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