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Hoover vs. Franklin Delano Roosevelt Name: _______________

Fritz- US History P. _________



Directions: Using the documents packet provided you will make decisions in groups of 3-4 about certain issues during the Great Depression. Answer the questions about each of the 4 documents and problems using your own personal opinion and facts you find.

A. Economic Briefing A: Overproduction of goods

1. What does this mean? _______________________________

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2. What is the problem with this? ________________________

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3. How would you handle the situation? ______ (a,b,c). Summarize how: ______________________________________________

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Why? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________

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B. Economic Briefing B: Unequal Distribution of Wealth

1. What does this mean? _______________________________

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2. What is the problem with this? ________________________

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3. How would you handle the situation? ______ (a,b,c). Summarize how: ______________________________________________

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Why? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________

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C. Economic Briefing C: High Unemployment

1. What does this mean? _______________________________

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2. What is the problem with this? ________________________

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3. How would you handle the situation? ______ (a,b,c). Summarize how: ______________________________________________

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Why? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________

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D. Economic Briefing D: Massive Poverty

1. What does this mean? _______________________________

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2. What is the problem with this? ________________________

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3. How would you handle the situation? ______ (a,b,c). Summarize how: ______________________________________________

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Why? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________

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Now look back over all of the A answers for the 4 scenarios. How would you describe these actions? _______________________

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Now look back over all of the B answers for the 4 scenarios. How would you describe the actions? __________________________

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Now look back over all of the C answers for the 4 scenarios. How would you describe the actions? __________________________

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Directions: See the attached sheet on Conservative, Liberal, and radical solutions to the Great Depression. Which one did you most fit with, in your decision making and why? ___________________________________________________________________

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Conservative, Liberal, and Radical Solutions to the Great Depression.

Conservative Solutions

- Provide tax relief, loans, and encouragement to businesses. Business prosperity and the accumulation of wealth at the top will “trickle down” to those in need by creating more jobs.

- Discourage federal aid to the poor. Instead, ecourage private charities and local and state governments to organize and provide poverty relief.

- Belance the budget to maintain financial stability

- Ask for volutanry cooperation from businesses to stabilize wages and hours in an average workday

- Increase the fed govts commitment to public works. Blame economic problems on the natural business cycle, and buoy public confidence through optimistic public statements.

- Increase tariffs to protect American businesses from foreign competition.

Liberal Solutions

- Increase taxes on the income of the wealthy and corporations.

- Provide direct federal relief to the poor.

- Make a massive federal commitment to public works to provide jobs and encourage economic growth. Govt spending will get economy moving again.

- Provide aid to farmers in the form of loans and payments to take crops out of production until prices for agriculture stabilize.

Radical Solutions

- Seize the income and property of the wealthy and redistribute it so that all Americas share equally.

- Have the govt, rather than private business owners, control all business enterprises.

- Guarantee employment to all workers through govt control of industries.

- Reorganize the farming industry into cooperatives to eliminate the disastrous effects of competition and market forces.

Homework: Read the following Document: “President Hoover and the Failure of Conservatism to ease the Great Depression”



Vocab words-

Rugged Individualism-

Hoovervilles and Hoover flags-

Reading Questions:

1. What happened to the Midwest? ____________________________________________________________________________

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2. What group from the previous page would you consider the communists described in the reading? _______________________

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3. Why did Hoover not want to give “aid” to the poor? _____________________________________________________________

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4. What did Hoover do the combat the Depression (be general and short) ______________________________________________

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5. Did Hoover want to spend lots of federal income? Why or why not? _________________________________________________

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6. Explain the reasons for Hoovervills and Hoover Flags: ____________________________________________________________

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7. What happened to Hoover? _________________________________________________________________________________

8. What did Roosevelt offer? What can you infer the differences are between the Hoover and Roosevelt Plans? _______________

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