Presentation on theme: "Harding and Coolidge won both elections of 1920 and 1924. – (This included defeating FDR) The people wanted a return to “normalcy”. The League of Nations."— Presentation transcript:
Harding and Coolidge won both elections of 1920 and 1924. – (This included defeating FDR) The people wanted a return to “normalcy”. The League of Nations was the major campaign issue, and the League was rejected as was Wilson. Coolidge won easily in 1924 after succeeding Harding to the presidency after Harding’s death the previous year.
Harding Harding represented the best and worst of small-town America. He was a real “good old boy.” proclaimed the traditional virtues of rural America. Reality- not very moral, and was considered one of the most incompetent presidents in history!
Republican Policies of the Twenties Both Harding and Coolidge carried out policies reflecting the times. Americans were tired of the Progressive Movement and the restrictions and sacrifices of World War I. Americans wanted government and business reconciled. strikesconsumerism
Republican Policies of the Twenties Emphasis was on balancing the budget and reducing the deficit. Social and economic needs were shifted to the states. Coolidge’s statement “The business of America is business” was symbol of this period.
Harding Harding’s administration was rocked by scandals! – "My God, this is a hell of a job! I have no trouble with my enemies... but my damned friends... They’re the ones that keep me walking the floor nights." *Three major scandals: – In the Veterans' Bureau – In the office of the Alien Property Custodian – In the Departments of the Interior and Justice.
Teapot Dome Scandal Secretary of the interior Albert Fall – Leased government oil reserves to private companies – For $100,000's kickbacks to rich oilmen
"We in America today are nearer to the final triumph over poverty than ever before in the history of any land.” – Herbert Hoover, one year before the Great Depression began!
President Herbert Hoover Within 6 months of taking office the stock market crashed and the Great Depression began. Hoover was unequipped to take the needed actions to relieve suffering: – The unemployed – poor farmers – Didn’t initiate legislation to remedy the causes of depression. Activity: (left side) Venn Diagram on Three Prez.