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History Coursework-Assignment B Was The New Deal A Success 1 Study Source A Use Source A and your knowledge of the period to explain why people supported Roosevelt in the 1932 election 6 Marks Source A is a speech by Roosevelt during his election campaign in 1932 This is a primary source but the person recording it may have been selective so it could be biased towards Roosevelt In the speech Roosevelt declares I pledge you I pledge myself to a New Deal for American people This suggests that Roosevelt really will take action over the problems caused by the Depression unlike Herbert Hoover who followed a laissez faire policy to allow competition in industry without government aid Also he will not just do it for himself or the electorate but for all the American people Roosevelt then expressed this is more than a political campaign it is a call to arms This infers that Roosevelt is really determined and wants Americans to help him fight the depression and to associate himself with the patriotic images of war to sensationalise the situation to gain support This inference is also backed up by what Roosevelt uses to support his statement give me your help not to win votes alone but to win in this crusade to restore America Roosevelt knows that by suggesting the New Deal is more than political ideas he will win votes but he doesnt just want to do that He manifested a flexible pragmatic approach to meet the economic crisis and brought with him his New York Brain trust an informal group of advisors Roosevelt wants to put America back on the map also by saying it is a crusade Roosevelt gives a moral reason for support so the reason doesnt seem shallow and he is worthy of power Next Roosevelt says I am waging war against Destruction Delay Deceit and Despair With confidence we accept the New
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