A vigorous reformer as governor of New York, he became the first Roman Catholic to win the nomination of a major party for President of the U.S.
Amos 'n' Andy
The most popular radio program of the depression years. It portrayed the lives of two African American men in Harlem as interpreted by two white entertainers, Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll.
Thousands of veterans, determined to collect promised cash bonuses early, came to Washington during the summer of 1932 to listen to Congress debate the bonus proposal.
Several prominent academics recruited as a source of ideas for the Roosevelt campaign to write speeches.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd President of the U.S. he assumed the Presidency at the depth of the Great Depression and he helped the American people regain faith in themselves. He brought hope as he promised prompt, vigorous action, and asserted in his Inaugural Address, "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself."
Good Neighbor Policy
In Latin America, Hoover withdrew Marines from Nicaragua and Haiti. In 1930, the State Department renounced the Roosevelt Corollary of 1904.
Makeshift "village," usually on the edge of a city, with "homes" constructed of cardboard, scrap metal, or whatever was cheaply available. Named for President Hoover, who was despised by the poor for his apparent refusal to help.
John Nance "Cactus Jack" Garner
Speaker of the House in 1931 whose answer to the growing budget deficit was to offer a national sales tax. He also ran against Roosevelt for the Democratic nomination for president but decided to release his delegates and was in turn rewarded the vice presidential nomination.