Hoover's Mistakes

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I hope all of the class knows at least something about Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the Great Depression and his New Deal. Considering we just learned about it and had a test on it. But hopefully I can go over some details that we did not go over in class and share my take on the New Deal and how it was very successful both at the time and for the future. This is because it made up for Herbert Hoover’s mistakes, provided indirect and direct relief to millions, got America out of the Depression and helped set America straight for the future.
But first before I explain myself and give my reasons, I would like to give a little background on the New Deal and why Franklin Delano Roosevelt had to drag American out of the Great Depression. Life in
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Hoover was an interesting choice to become President. He was not a typical candidate, with his background as a mining engineer. Despite the fact that he won the Republican nomination quite easily, he did not have any elected-office experience. Hoover at the time “was known as aloof, very shy, awkward at parties and extremely sensitive towards criticism” (Leuchtenburg 32). All this combined with his inability deliver inspiring speeches; it was no surprise that Herbert Hoover was unprepared to motivate and lead America out of the Great Depression. Hoover was so unprepared for the Great Depression that before it started Hoover said “We in America are nearer to the final triumph over poverty than ever before in the history of any land” (Hoover). Hoover came up with a plan to reform America’s regulatory system, which was based on the idea that the federal bureaucracy should have limited control over the country’s economic system. He also encouraged and promoted the idea of public-private cooperation, which was what he called “volunteerism”. This was where instead of the government providing for the needy, businesses and others people were expected to provide and help out. He felt that too much government intervention would undermine the long-term futures of individual and self-reliance. Both of these things were what Hoover considered essential to the future of America. Although Hoover did try and be active to stop …show more content…
During his campaign Roosevelt stressed how he was going to bring the Depression to an end with his plan called the New Deal. After being elected during the middle of a bank panic, Roosevelt issued his famous words “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself” during his inauguration. This obviously showed the stark differences between Roosevelt and Hoover, as Roosevelt was also able to instill confidence in the American people whereas Hoover was not. All while showing and proving to America it had made the right decision. This all showed that Roosevelt was ready and willing to embrace the huge task

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