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The Great Depression

Leaders in Crisis - Franklin D. Roosevelt

The Great Depression<BR>(1929-1945)
The Great Depression

Leaders in Crisis - Franklin D. Roosevelt
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 7 to 9
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.71

     challenging words:    bankruptcy, proactive, foreclose, re-opened, tenure, investors, socialism, best, unemployed, policies, succession, dealt, leadership, better, chaos, economic
     content words:    Franklin Roosevelt, New York, President Hoover, On March, Treasury Department, Hundred Days, Supreme Court

Leaders in Crisis - Franklin D. Roosevelt
By Toni Lee Robinson

1     Franklin Roosevelt was born into wealth. He attended the best private schools and dabbled in the study of law. Then he found politics. On that stage, he became a bright new star. Then, at the age of 39, the young man of privilege was stricken with polio. He was paralyzed. With his legs withered and useless, Roosevelt's career appeared to be over.
2     But Roosevelt battled his way back to health. In a wheel chair and leg braces, he went on with his career. When the stock market crashed in 1929, Roosevelt was governor of New York. His state plunged into economic chaos with the rest of the nation.
3     President Hoover and the country's leaders struggled with massive problems. More businesses and banks closed every day. The nation's farms were dying. Millions of unemployed people looked to the government for help. Hoover's cautious policies seemed to produce little fruit. Americans cried out for solutions.
4     Roosevelt ran for president in 1932. He offered voters a "New Deal." He promised to work for the average American, the "forgotten man." He gave few details of what he planned, but voters liked what they heard. Roosevelt was elected by a landslide.
5     Meanwhile, the nation sank deeper into decline. On March 3, 1933, over 5,000 banks closed. Roosevelt took office on March 4. He immediately set about reassuring the American people. "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself!" Roosevelt declared.

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