The Legacy Of Franklin Delano Roosevelt

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Franklin Delano Roosevelt is unlike any other president the United States has ever had. He was the only president to have been elected to four terms of office. According to a Miller Center article, “He may have done more during those twelve years to change American society and politics than any of his predecessors in the White House.” Franklin Roosevelt led America through extremely uncompromising times, such as the Great Depression and WWII. He has left an honorable legacy for himself and has changed the way the presidency works and established new ways to combat hard times. When Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected into office in November of 1932, he promised a significant amount of necessary change for the United States of America.…show more content…
Roosevelt 's compatibility with the American people majorly affected his political success. The people loved Roosevelt and his magnetic personality. He also had a way of restoring faith and hope to the Americans unlike his predecessor, president Herbert Hoover, during a time when they believed there was no hope for better conditions. Herbert Hoover believed that economic outcomes were the product of individual character and that success went to those who deserved it. He also believed the business community and economic issues would resolve themselves. This was not what Americans needed at the time of an economic crisis. In the eyes of most the American people, Herbert Hoover had failed as a president. Although the awful circumstances most citizens were in because of the lack of help from the government and President Hoover, Hoover was reluctantly renominated by Republicans in 1932. On the other hand, something new needed to be tried so Democrats turned to the governor of New York, Franklin Roosevelt to run in the 1932 presidential election. From 1896 to 1932, the Republican Party had led the votes for the majority of Americans. That changed as Franklin Roosevelt’s innovative programs and good nature brought millions of voters to the democratic party. Most people believed the democratic party had died out, but with Roosevelt, the democratic party kept growing and eventually took over the House and Senate. The democratic party was mainly formed of the New…show more content…
Before Roosevelt, there was not much assistance from the government for the American people. Roosevelt set up an effective relief administration and many relief programs had been put into place as soon as he took over. One relief program was the Works Progress Administration (WPA), which was successfully established in 1935 to provide work for the unemployed. Another relief program was the Civil Works Administration (CWA). The CWA provided funds to such authorities as mayors and governors for public projects. Many more of his relief programs and administrations helped him restore the well-being of the United States. During World War II, Roosevelt majorly focused on foreign affairs. Congress passed a draft for military service and a “land-lease” bill was signed in order for the U.S. to help other nations battle their enemies. Before Roosevelt, there was only the president, cabinet, and staff. After Roosevelt and the many changes that came along with him, there were many other positions within the White House. Congress had established an Executive office and added more staff members. Without Roosevelt, who knows if the presidency position and White House would be as it is
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