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To What Extent Does Franklin D Roosevelt Deserve To Be Considered A 'great' President?

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To what extent does Franklin D Roosevelt deserve to be considered a 'great' president?During the time that Roosevelt was president he faced the two greatest crises of the twentieth century, namely the great depression and World war two. Some have labelled him one of the greatest presidents of the United States of America others have referred to him as the plague that the U.S could not get rid of, since he was the only president to be elected four times to office. However in response to the criticism Roosevelt could be seen to having rose to the dilemma, fulfilling his promise 'I pledge to you, I pledge to myself, to a new deal for the American people'When Roosevelt was running for office he made a bold statement advocating the need for social reform, since many American citizens were hoping that unlike in years gone by, the U.S government would intervene in domestic issues just as much as they did with foreign invaders. He also planned to accomplish the three R's: relief, recovery, reform. People were worried that Roosevelt's policies would become too radical, since the ideas he was proposing included public works money, the reduction of agricultural overproduction, public power and conservation, unemployment insurance and stock exchange regulations to name but a few. However since unemployment was between thirteen and fifteen million and poverty was rife, people were willing to go along with a strong leader whose policies appealed since they were told they had nothing to fear from his proposed policies since, 'the only thing we have to fear is fear itself' . One onlooker commented that 'the country was in such a state of confused desperation that it would have followed almost any leader anywhere he chose to go'Roosevelt's plan of relief started in what was later to be called the '100 days.' Most measures taken in this period were short-term measures, dealing little in long term solutions. However the Acts he implemented were a great source of comfort to the American people and restored a great deal of confidence in the government. The major legislation concerning unemployment were the Emergency Relief Act, which set up the Federal Emergency Relief Administration (FERA), and the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). The FERA worked to provide assistance to the unemployed adults of America by giving £500 million for re-employment schemes and replenishing city funds. The CCC provided open-air work for nearly three million young men, between the ages of eighteen and twenty-five. This administration was important since it incorporated the problem of unemployment and a problem that had been prevalent since the industrial revolution, environmental conservation. This was then to be followed by the Civil Works Administration and then the Work Progress Administration. By 1937 the schemes had erected 11,000 buildings and public school and 43,000 miles of road. It was felt that the money earned by the Americans involved in these schemes were just as...

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