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Could It Happen Here During the Great Depression 1929-1940s the US falling apart at the seams economically desperately needed someone to pull them out of the downward spiraling vortex of poverty If someone happened to take advantage of the countrys situation they might create a dictatorial US much like the one Sinclair Lewis envisioned in his novel It Cant Happen Here which he happened to write directly in the middle of the Great Depression 1935 In the years of the Great Depression the lack of jobs affected over fifteen million of the countries workers creating a historically high unemployment rate of twenty-five percent The lack of jobs and of money made everyone desperate and easily manipulated In Sinclairs novel one of the main antagonists Berzelius Buzz Windrip runs for president in 1936 with the intention of taking advantage of the countrys predicament to win the election To accomplish this he acts as a demagogue making many promises of ending the depression and making everyone wealthy quickly to gain support of the unemployed He made it appear as though he cared for the common man he made this especially clear during the democratic convention where Civil War veterans orphans and poor men and women paraded in an attempt to make clear who he wanted to help His promises include increased wages lowered prices of goods and a very enticing five thousand dollars guaranteed per household every year Considering their situations these promises made it quite easy for a voter to chose whom they elected His plan worked extremely well The protagonist Doremus Jessup one of the only people not influence by Buzzs promises discovered how many people Buzz actually affected Many people he talked to voted for Windrip because they wanted the five thousand dollars he promised He easily won the election and after his inauguration the country quickly learned that it made a huge mistake This shows how easily a candidate could manipulate the country
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