US Elections and The Great Depression

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Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt defeats Republican Herbert Hoover. This was a turning point for democrats because the republicans had controlled the presidency for most of the time since 1860. The main problem that the election of 1932 dealt with was the Great Depression. Hoover had been unsuccessful in dealing with the great depression. FDR had plans for a new deal, which would dramatically change the economy of America. Hoover and FDR were very different in personality, Hoover was isolated and did not show much emotion, FDR was confident and meant what he said. FDR won the electoral vote 472 to 59 in a landslide victory. This new leader of America marked hope in the eyes of American citizens for the first time in years. Democrat…show more content…
Receiving a good education in the 1930’s was difficult. Schools were still segregated at this time. A lot more men actually started going to school because they could not find a job. Teacher salaries were dismal so it was hard to find good teachers. College attendance decreased because most people could not afford to pay to go to school. Due to the economic problems it carried over to the educational problems. The consequences of little to no education meant a more illiterate society. The depression influenced girls to expand their education opportunities, at the college level. The new things that women focused on were sports and different career fields, before this time most women just became nurses or stayed at home to care for the house and family. One major reason that women became more involved in the job field was because due the depression most men did not have a job, so women would have to support themselves financially. This ear in history was vital for women becoming more independent because it gave them a chance to take care of themselves for once. With an uneasy economy, many great cultural achievements have been made including the popularity of the radio. Americans loved to laugh at the antics of such comedians as Jack Benny, Fred Allen, George Burns and Gracie Allen, Amos and Andy, and Fibber McGee and Molly. People also took interest in
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