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United States Presidents have used the power of their office to establish policies to achieve a goal for the nation One of the first major national goals achieved was Abraham Lincolns Emancipation Proclamation The Emancipation Proclamation was issued by Abraham Lincoln on January 1 1863 during the American Civil War declaring all slaves within any State or designated part of a starethenin rebellion shall be then thenceforward and forever free The proclamation conferred liberty on about 3120000 slaves The states affected were enumerated in the proclamation specially exempted were slaves in parts of the South then held by Union Armies Lincolns issuance of the proclamation marked a radical change in his policy Historians regard it as one of the great state documents of the United States As a further result of the proclamation the Republican Party became unified in principle and in organization and the prestige it attained enabled it to hold power until 1884 The Stock Market crash in October 1929 marked the beginning of the Great Depression a difficult economic period for the United States and other countries The incumbent president Herbert Hoover lost the election of 1932 to Democrat Franklin D Roosevelt Roosevelt campaigned on promises of a new deal for the American people New Deal was the name given to the peacetime domestic program of United States president Franklin D Roosevelt and especially to the innovative measures taken between 1933 and 1938 to counteract the effects of the Great Depression Both Roosevelt and the Congress of the United States in trying to reduce unemployment and restore prosperity endorsed a wide spectrum of new federal programs and agencies During Theodore Roosevelts administration many politicians and intellectuals accused Roosevelt of imperialism the practice by which powerful nations seek to control or influence weaker ones European imperialism had been characterized by territorial acquisition Roosevelt had no intention of acquiring colonies He wanted treaties that would facilitate the success of United States business In diplomatic
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