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Why Did Roosevelt win The 1932 Presidential Election?

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Why Did Roosevelt win The 1932 Presidential Election? With American being under Hoovers Government, everything had begun to go downhill for him. The depression had hit the people socially and economically, and didn't seem to improve under Hoover's control, and ideas that things would gradually get better. Stock market shares plumited resulting in banks going bankrupt due to buying shares and not being able to pay out the money they owed. In 1929, 659 banks failed, which had great effect upon the people's opinion of Hoover. Many stopped trusting them and withdrew their savings. Many problems escalated in European banks, having a knock on effect on U.S banking. One billion dollars was withdraw and put into deposit boxes, Roosevelt was offering the Americans new jobs and work, one of his aims was to work towards protecting their savings and property. Providing relief for the sick, old and unemployed. Farming was badly hit, and prices had fallen so the cost of animal transportation was costing a lot more than buying the animals themselves. Farming production fell by a massive 40%. The people wanted jobs, security and a better living, under Hoovers government they were not getting this. When the depression began, President Hoover took the impression that it would not last long and that the country would soon return to prosperity, the country soon found that he was wrong. ...read more.


"I am waging war against Destruction, (the destruction of the American economy, he wanted to improve it.) Delay, (the way Hoover was taking so much time over trying to sort things out, thinking time would solve the problems.) Deceit, (the people going aginst Hoover in the bonus marches, and maybe the way Hoover seemed somehow against trying to make things better as soon as possible) and Despair" (the unhappy times that people were going through, not knowing what to do with their lives.) He ends his speech with; " With confidence, we accept the promise of a New Deal" He uses the word 'confidence', which he was trying his best to give to the people of America, along with his hope. He wanted to know that he had the peoples' trust. Still under the power of Hoover's government, Americans were keeping their money instead of buying goos or shares. Business cut production further and laid many other workers off. Due to the massive amount of unemployed people, all the nightparks were full of the homeless, hungry and jobless. Hoover's government seemed to be doing little to help those suffering; fustration mounted as people's hopes for what Hoover had planned began to fade. Hoovers way of thinking proved very wrong and unpopular, people drew up the conclusion that he didn't care about the people of America. Protests were held and often turned violent, the rally of unemployed turned into a riot. ...read more.


He promised 'action and action now'. He put together a programme of new laws to help America out of the depression. The 'New Deal' would relieve extreme poverty, feed the starving and stop people from losing farms and homes. It would revive the economy and get people working again, and it would reform, making the USA a better place to live. He'd been a governor and helped people before hand, his battle to overcome disability showed his courage and determination, the people knew that he would show the same enthusiasm and determination towards helping America escape the depression. Roosevelt basically offered what the people of America, what they wanted. In comparison to Hoover, who seemed to be taking the whole thing lightly, he didn't come across in the way the Roosevelt did. The people liked the way he spoke, acted, and hoped in him for a better future. He was also not afraid of asking advice on important issues from a range of experts such as factory owners, union leaders and economists. In conclusion, F.Roosevelt succeeded in winning the 1932 presidential election because he was offering what the people were looking for in the times of the depression. Hoover was doing nothing to help them out of the situation they were in, and which he had gotten the USA into. Roosevelt was a benefaction to the people of America, who gave hope to them, and made them believe things can and will get better. Roosevelt had the 'New Deal', Hoover had nothing. ...read more.

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