“Thank you, Mr. Hoover” 1 st Response - “Against Direct Relief from gov’t. For contributions to private charities.”Direct Relief 2 nd Response - Hoover Dam – provide energy and water to develop Southwest. 3 rd Response- Support for businesses(RFC) “Trickle Down effect” CONSENSUS: “Off Target and Out of Touch.”
President Hoover responds: RUGGED INDIVIDUALISM- Hoover’s belief that “hand outs” to Americans would only slow up recovery by creating dependency on the government. “Give a man a fish; you have fed him for today. Teach a man to fish; and you have fed him for a lifetime”—Author unknown BACK
Hoover becomes the most “Unpopular man in America.” “The White Knight” Franklin Roosevelt defeats Hoover by a landslide in the 1932 election, but… “The waiting is the hardest part.” --Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers The Winter of 1932 was the worst of the worst.
Election of 1932 Franklin Roosevelt defeats Hoover in a landslide. “The waiting is the hardest part.” - Tom Petty
The Bonus Army WHO: World War I Veterans WHAT: Were promised by the gov’t “BONUS PAY” for their service. WHEN: To be received 1945. THEIR GOAL: March on Washington D.C. to collect their bonuses NOW. HOOVER’S RESPONSE: “NO” and “Get out of here!”
The New Deal 3 R’s Relief Immediate help to ease the suffering of Americans. Recovery Help fix the problems causing the suffering. Reform Help make sure nothing like this happens again.
THE WELFARE SYSTEM Bill on the table: Be it enacted that the Federal government will guarantee every American over the age of 21, $30,000 annually for life. 2 reasons this is a good idea. 2 reasons this is a bad idea.