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Notes Great Depression Americans Response to the Great Depression Americans blamed themselves for not being able to find work o Very common in early years – shown in the suicide rate and depression rate Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) and the New Deal Introduction 1932 – Americans wanted change FDR is the democratic nominee (currently the governor of NY) Roosevelt gets polio in late 20’s o Prior to this, he was a very athletic figure shifted to more intellectual o Contrasted to his brother who went from nerd to safari type of guy o Because of this, he was wheel chaired In his inaugural address, FDR pledges to carry through with the new deal FDR won in a landslide (almost every single state) Democrats take the President AND Congress in 1932 (tons of power) “Fireside Chats” Gave the impression to Americans that Roosevelt was sitting by his fire talking to Americans personally through the radio (he would be relaxing and they’re friends) In his address, FDR declares a ‘war on the great depression’ He also says he’ll assume higher powers if need be (something never done before) During his first week in the white house, FDR received 450,000 letters For the rest of his presidency, he received 7,000 per day Americans relate to FDR as a friend First New Deal
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