1932: Hoover VS Roosevelt

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Herbert Hoover

  • Hated

Hoover-villes

Hoover-blankets

'If you don't pick me up, I'll vote Hoover' (Hitchhickers)

"Prosperity is just around the corner"

  • The do nothing President
  • Never left White House scared Americans would kil him
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Franklin Delano Roosevelt

  • Positive, uplifting & vivacious campaigning

"Happy days are here again"

  • Govenor of New York, intervening to help ordinary people
  • New Deal helping Americans

"The forgotten man at the bottom of the economic pyramid"

  • Traveled by train across the whole of US (13 thousand miles) ACTIVE
  • New Deal= confused, flipped between cutting & spending $ 
  • vague & contradicting

Catholics, African Americans, Southerners, trade unionsists, immigrants, North Blue Collar Workers

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1932 Landslide

Hoover 40%

Roosevelt 57%

  • Lame Duck (lasts 6 months of Presidency before new President)
  • Hoover's last  speech very weak
  • Roosevelts speech inspiring

"We have nothing to fear but fear itself"

  • Historian Brogan 'Turning point of American History'
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