There are very few things that we can know before Essay

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"There are very few things that we can know before hand. We will try, and if we decide
that we are wrong, we will have to change." --Franklin Delano Roosevelt about his promise
of ‘a New Deal for the forgotten man.'

These are the words of a courageous man who demonstrated inspiration and hope to a country
that had appeared to have spun out of economic control, a country in desperation.

On October 24th, 1929, the stock market crashed, causing a domino effect on the American
public during the first years of the 1930's. The standard of living dropped dramatically,
millions, more than one-fourth, of people were put out of work, banks were closed,
international trade was stagnant, homeless families roamed streets, farms were foreclosed;
all faith in capitalism had diminished. The topple of the economy was caused by an uneven
distribution of wealth that allowed for luxurious spending and gambling on the stock
market, which encouraged large corporations to produce more than could be bought by
consumers. A pessimistic Hoover had left the United States in the middle of its worst
crisis since the Civil War.

"It seemed as if they (the citizens of the United States) would do anything, if only
someone would tell them what to do," said wife, Eleanor Roosevelt, about the throngs of
Americans crowded around their radios listening to President, Franklin Delano Roosevelt's
inauguration on March 4th, 1933. He would be the 32nd President.

He had promised a recipe for recovery to the very same millions who's' president had
abandoned them, and it made him an over-night sensation.

Charm and persuasion was what the citizens needed, not someone telling then that all hope
was lost. "There is a duty on the part of the government to do something about this," said
F.D.R. He was in great opposition to Hoover's "rugged individualism" approach and believed
that only mass government intervention could revive, or even lift the economy out of its

His ease with public speaking, all-American appearance, and optimistic approach were not
his only presidential campaign platforms, however. Years before this presidential
election, F.D.R. had been active in politics, serving as Vice President at the young age
of 38.

At the age of 39, Infantile Paralysis, or Polio, struck Franklin down in his upward
aspiration towards president. He fell into a deep depression, travelling far from his
family, suffering from cold legs, backaches, fever, and disillusionment. Ultimately, he
lost the use of his legs and became virtually helpless. Everyone thought that his
political career was finished.

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