The Effects of Roosevelt's Worst Mistake

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One of Roosevelt’s [most fatal] mistakes occurred before he was even inaugurated into office. His mistake was the fact that he didn’t listen to Herbert Hoover’s advice. Between Roosevelt’s election in 1932 and his inauguration on March 4, 1933, Hoover sent Roosevelt letters and scheduled meetings to tell him what he thought about Roosevelt’s New Deal plan. Herbert Hoover believed that the origins of the Depression were international, while Roosevelt believed they were local. For this reason the New Deal focused primarily on domestic reforms. Hoover believed that international affairs should take precedence, and he didn’t hesitate to tell FDR this. He suggested a return to gold-based currency and to balance the budget. Franklin D. Roosevelt ignored all of Hoover’s suggestions and started implementing his New Deal policies as soon as he entered office. Roosevelt was not blind to the effects the international crisis had on the Unites States, but he didn’t want to restrict his freedom as president by committing himself to others’ ideas to fix it either. His first priority was to address the problems in the United States, and as a result his first term in office resulted in very few successes in fixing the problems abroad. [] Roosevelt’s New Deal had many flaws. One of these was the Silver Purchase Act of 1934. This Act was actually signed on April 5, 1933, but other laws had prevented it from getting passed at the time. The Act authorized the president to nationalize
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