Presidency of Franklin Roosevelt (727 words)

Historical Context Essay

Lucas Paul Richert (University of Saskatchewan)
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The central issue that dominated the 1932 presidential election was, not surprisingly, the Great Depression. American voters were given the choice between Republican Herbert Hoover and Democrat Franklin Roosevelt. Roosevelt promised to assist Americans with his New Deal program. This program, he was careful to note, utilised the broad powers of the U.S. federal government. In November, the genial, upbeat Roosevelt was victorious against Hoover, receiving 23 million votes to 16 million. The electoral college vote was 472 to 59. Roosevelt's coattails proved long as well. Democrats won both houses of Congress. Newly inaugurated President Roosevelt moved quickly to set his New Deal program in motion and thus mitigate the effects of the …

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Richert, Lucas Paul. "Presidency of Franklin Roosevelt". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 October 2008
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