Compare and contrast the respective approaches of Herbert Hoover and Franklin D. Roosevelt to the issues and problems of the Great Depression.
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The approaches of these two presidents did have something in common. Both presidents used the federal government more than any previous president had to try to get the economy back to full strength. Hoover is commonly blamed for not doing anything to end the Depression, but he actually did have the government do quite a bit (like the Hoover Dam and the Reconstruction Finance Corporation) to try to end the Depression.
There are two major differences between their approaches. First, Roosevelt was willing to do much more than Hoover to combat the Depression. He was willing to have the government get much more involved in the economy. Hoover did more than any previous president, but Roosevelt did much, much more than Hoover. Second, Roosevelt did more to try to boost the morale of the people. Roosevelt tried to convince people that things would get better and that the government would be there to help. Hoover did not do nearly as much to try to improve public morale.
Though Hoover did do more than he is given credit for, his approach to the problems of the Great Depression was not nearly as aggressive as Roosevelt's.
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