“our common difficulties...concern, thank God, only material things”
Despite how Roosevelt moves to downplay what was occurring in the United States and throughout the world, the difficulties did not just concern material things. When FDR took the stand in Washington, the economy had been in freefall for four years. In 1929 the unemployment rate was 3.2% but now it was nearly 25%. This left approximately 15 million Americans unemployed, one of the highest rates of unemployment in the world (Shmoop). In 1932 Harlem had an unemployment rate of 50% (Shmoop). In 1928- the year before the economy crashed- the gross national product (GNP) had b...
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...f the EBA Congress declared their support of Roosevelt’s wild plans, support which would increase from there. They would ratify the 21st amendment, officially ending prohibition and back things like the Tennessee Valley Authority Act or the National Industrial Recovery Act. In the end the Roosevelt administration would pass upwards of 15 New Deal plans in an effort to boost the U.S. economy, things that would not have been possible had Roosevelt not demanded and been given certain liberties.
FDR’s war on the Great Depression begins with speech, and the extraordinary change the U.S soon saw can trace it’s roots to these words however useless they may seem. Before triumph could be reached however The United States would be launched headlong into WWII. The mutual trust that got America and it’s leadership through WWII is fostered here, in FDR’s First Inaugural Address.
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