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Unformatted text preview: In Washington, President Hoover's attitude to the Depression was very different. A staunch conservative, Hoover was reluctant to spend federal funds for direct aid, and did not push for any major legislative changes. To the ailing country, it appeared as if the President was doing nothing to aid them. The Democrats were poised for a presidential victory. In 1932, FDR, believing that his political moment had come, assembled the Brain Trust, a group of campaign advisors and speechwriters to aid him in getting the Presidential nomination. Louis Howe was busy working with the chairman of the state Democratic Party to line up local and state party organizations behind FDR. The bulk of Roosevelt's party support in the primaries came from southern Democrats, who realized that FDR was the candidate most likely to avoid the battles over religion and Prohibition...
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- Fall '07