Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the 32nd President of the United States became President in March 1933 at the depth of the Great Depression. President Roosevelt's reign from 1882-1945 showed that he was a fascinating idealist, whose confidence helped carry on the American people during the strains of economic crisis and world war even though he had an attack of poliomyelitis, which paralyzed his legs in 1921.
President Roosevelt was labeled as one of America's most touchy leaders. The complexities of his character baffled his relatives along with the American people. On one hand he would project a character of extreme warmth, easy to be around, the ability to address the American people in a way in which everything was expectable, and his smile was extremely convincing. On the other hand he was extremely secretive and stated that " never let your left hand know what your right hand is doing." (Polenberg, 2) This difference in personalities allowed President Roosevelt to be a friendly but fierce President.
One of the important qualities which Franklin D. Roosevelt brought to the Presidency was his ability to inspire hope in the American people. From the documents you have read, give examples of FDR's ability to rally the American people. President Roosevelt had the ability to rally the American people and convince them that he was extremely trustworthy and an important part of reconstructing the country. All of his speeches were adjusted to his liking by himself rather than by the ghostwriters. The changes he would usually choose to make were in thought of the American people. His language used in most of his speeches was simpler, more direct, and more persuasive. In his Inaugural Address he stated, "This is preeminently the time to speak the truth, the whole truth, frankly and boldly." This statement allowed the country to believe and trust that the President will not hide or try to deceive the American people. In his Inaugural Address alone he instilled new hope into the American people while composing solid ways to battle the Depression. While discussing the Depression he stated that "..will revive and will prosper." (Polenberg, 40) These few words showed the American people that as a whole they will make it through this tough time and will come out of the Depression better off. As the inaugural address continues he states that "I am convinced that you will again give that support to leadership in these critical days." (Polenberg, 40) President Roosevelt was asking for the American people to trust his judgment and have faith that he was able to carry out what is best for the country and not his political career. All of these statements and jesters allowed for the American people to rally together and support the newly elected Government. Roosevelt worked hard to end the Depression, although he did not have a great deal of success. It was not until 1939 and 1940 that success returned. Roosevelt also showed limits in his handling of foreign policy. In the 1930's he did not give a warning right away of the danger of tyranny, and during the war he relied greatly on his charm and personality in the conduct of peacekeeping. Roosevelt's reputation was very high. As President, Roosevelt passed as many bills, lobbying for as much congressional support as he could to receive aid attempts for the unemployed, starving and poor people that society had forgotten. What seems to have been the essence of the New Deal as set forth by FDR in the documents? Franklin D. Roosevelt brought the New Deal into the American life in the early thirties. " The Roosevelt administration developed an ambitious plan to provide relief through public employment." (Polenberg, 68) This ambitious plan was named the New Deal. The essence of the New Deal was to overcome the depression. Following the depression there were many programs and acts to help the nation recover from the depression. The lower income citizens who would benefit the...
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