Assesment of Roosevelt

Essay by IZZY!!!High School, 10th gradeA+, June 2004

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To a certain extent Roosevelt was responsible for the improvement for many Americans in the 1930ґs but it was not just down to FDR, himself, there were other factors to, such as the war, trade unionists and cinema. When the USA became involved in the Second World War, the demand for American manufactured goods and food increased dramatically, this in turn meant that the economy was lifted out of the depression. The Wagner Act of 1935 gave labour unions greater protection and workers rights to membership without losing jobs, yet many employers still refused to recognise them. It was the workers who forced employers to do so. During the 1930ґs 60 -100 million people went to the cinema every week. This was to get away from the stresses and strains of the depression even if for just a couple of hours. The cinema was described as "Like something straight of Hollywood itself".

Franklin Roosevelt, the newly elected president, could now put his "New Deal" proposal into action. For the first one hundred days of his presidency, FDR worked around the clock with his advisers to produce an enormous range of sweeping measures. The Senate and the House Of Representatives were prepared to give him the same authority as if the country was being invaded. During the 100 days thirteen new laws were to be passed to deal with the emergency. FDR realised that it was an important factor to gain the trust of the American people and inspire their confidence especially after the presidency of Herbert Hoover. After just eight days in office FDR, gave the first of famous radio broadcasts, which became to be known as "Fireside Chats".

Rooseveltґs most urgent problem was to rescue the banks because the banking system was on the point of collapse. It was...