Lecture 5 - April 9 2008 Page 1 of 2 Lecture 5 FDR and the...

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April 9, 2008 Page 1 of 2 Lecture 5 FDR and the New Deal The Election of 1932: Hoover vs. FDR As the governor of New York, FDR took large steps to prevent unemployment FDR kept a vague campaign because he knew he would win no matter what He stood for a change He carried the urban, ethnic, south, west, farmers, intellectuals and reformers votes Sparked the modern Democratic Party movement from 1932-1980 FDR Criticisms The New Deal did not bring recovery Range of reforms was inadequate for the future o Didn’t get the country out of the Great Depression o Didn’t solve poverty and racism Impact Contemporaries o FDR was full of self assurance and confidence communicated this the American people o Stated, “The only thing to fear, is fear itself” o Had polio unspoken code of the media to not photo him in the wheel chair o When FDR became president, the national frown bestowed by Hoover turned into a smile o He was experimental, not to be confused with a flip-flopper o
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