Franklin Roosevelt And The Great Depression Essay

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In the presidential election of 1932 Franklin Delano Roosevelt beat Herbert Hoover in a landslide victory across the Southern and Northern states. Roosevelt promised the American people hope in a time of economic disaster; "I pledge you, I pledge myself, to a new deal for the American people." (Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the New Deal-The Library of Congress.) The outcome of this promise included an end to the Great depression and a forever changed America. Unlike his opponent in the election of 1932, Herbert Hoover, Roosevelt believed it was the government’s duty and responsibility to the people to make prosperity during these bad times. FDR with his “Brain Trust”, a group of intellectuals and university scholars, was quick to propose unheard of policies in an attempt to tame the radical political, social, and economic system of the United States. FDR sought to solve the hindrances of economic instability, unemployment, poverty, and also speed up the economy all with in his first 100 days of incumbency.
At the beginning of Roosevelt’s first term he and Secretary Frances Perkins had progressive ideals in the reform of unions and the industrial labor force of America, the administration and many others believed laws could be put in place to improve the workplace of many Americans (Roark et al 24-2). Laborers and Unions saw huge gains during the Great Depression when they became members of Roosevelt’s New Deal coalition. The 1935 National Labor Relations act smoothed the…

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