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Unformatted text preview: It was in August of 1921, between political offices, that FDR was suddenly paralyzed in both legs due to polio. The end to his previously active lifestyle of swimming and sailing brought renewed fervor to his political ambitions, and perhaps because of his own suffering, made him more acutely aware of the problems of the people he was representing in office. In 1928, he was elected to the governorship in New York. After a stint as a generous depression spender there, he was nominated for the presidency in 1932. He was pitted against Herbert Hoover, who had failed to give the country direct aid for its suffering due to the Great Depression. Roosevelt knew that the only course to take in campaign and office was to promise that the government would be responsible for the welfare of the people. He was elected with fifty-seven percent of the popular vote. for the welfare of the people....
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This note was uploaded on 12/14/2011 for the course HIST 2320 taught by Professor Siegenthaler during the Fall '07 term at Texas State.
- Fall '07