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Franklin Delano Roosevelt is one of our countrys best known and most beloved presidents He is commonly remembered for taking a tired beaten nation and instilling hope in it This positive view of Roosevelt is held by Burns who paints the picture of a man whose goal was to alleviate our nations economic pains But is this view too myopic Is Roosevelt deserving of such a godly reputation These questions are posed by Conkin as he points out the discrimination that underlies many New Deal programs and even suggests that many of Roosevelts actions were for purely political motives During the weeks preceding Roosevelts inauguration the country was engaged in an economic crisis that was quickly spiraling downward Banks failed people panicked and the nation looked to someone anyone for help Hoover sensing the countrys desperation but realizing his lack of power and the feelings of resentment harbored towards him looked to Roosevelt He asked the president-elect to join in economic planning support policies and most importantly to reassure the nation While both authors note Roosevelts unwillingness to cooperate with Hoover they site different reasons for it Burns talks of Roosevelts belief that the nation was not yet his domain and that Hoover had the authority to handle the situation In addition Burns excuses Roosevelt by maintaining Roosevelt did not foresee that the banking situation would reach a dramatic climax on Inauguration day No man could have P 148 This position is an exceedingly benevolent one when contrasted with Conkins who writes Roosevelt did nothing and helplessly watched the economy collapse letting it appear as one last result of Republican incompetence This measure allowed Roosevelt to emerge as the nations savior and ally the Democratic party with this imageFurthermore the two authors differ in their assessment of the effect of public opinion on Roosevelts actions Burns gives the impression of a president who looked to engage all in his coalition He states politically his cabinet
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