History, Politics & Society
US Presidents
US in WW2
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Was Franklin D Roosevelt successful in his first 100 days?


Top Answer
User Avatar
Wiki User
Answered 2005-01-30 20:20:23

THE FIRST 100 DAYS Roosevelt entered office at a time when fear and panic had paralyzed the nation. In a famous passage, historian Arthur Schlesinger described the mood at FDR's inauguration: "It was now a matter of seeing whether a representative democracy could conquer economic collapse. It was a matter of staving off violence -- even, some though -- revolution." FDR's natural air of confidence and optimism did much to reassure the nation. His inauguration on March 4 occurred literally in the middle of a terrifying bank panic -- hence the backdrop for his famous words: "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." The very next day, to prevent a run on banks, he declared a "bank holiday," closing all banks indefinitely until bankers and government could regain control of the situation. The term "holiday" was meant to give a festive air to what was actually a desperate situation, but such was FDR's desire to provide hope to the nation. The Emergency Banking Bill, which strengthened, reorganized and reopened the most solvent banks, was passed overwhelmingly by Congress with little debate. On March 12, Roosevelt announced that the soundest banks would reopen. On March 13, deposits at those banks exceeded withdrawals -- a tremendous relief to a worried nation. "Capitalism was saved in eight days," said Raymond Moley, a member of the President's Brain Trust. The bank holiday was a vivid example of the effectiveness of government intervention in an economic crisis. Hoover had allowed two previous bank panics to run their course, which contributed to over 10,000 bank failures and $2 billion in lost deposits. The bank holiday secured Roosevelt's political reputation, and convinced both Congress and the public that the New Deal was the right road to follow. Roosevelt's strategy consisted of two parts: first, provide relief for those who needed it most, which often involved a redistribution of wealth from the rich to the poor. Second, provide long-lasting reform to the nation's economy, through reorganization and the creation of new agencies. Most of Roosevelt's policies can be described as "taking from one pocket to put in the other." Fixated with a balanced budget, and fretful when it was not, Roosevelt made sure that anything given to one sector of the economy was taken from somewhere else. He did not accept Keynes' recommendation to begin heavy deficit spending, and did not do so until the threat of World War II forced him to. Roosevelt's legendary "First 100 Days" concentrated on the first part of his strategy: immediate relief. From March 9 to June 16, 1933, FDR sent Congress a record number of bills, all of which passed easily. These included the creation of the Federal Emergency Relief Administration, the Civilian Conservation Corps, the Reconstruction Finance Corporation, and the Tennessee Valley Authority. Congress also gave the Federal Trade Commission broad new regulatory powers, and provided mortgage relief to millions of farmers and homeowners. The success of the First 100 Days was important, because it got the New Deal off to a strong and early start. If Roosevelt had not passed his agenda early, we would probably be without many New Deal programs we take for granted today.


Your Answer

Related Questions

Franklin Roosevelt made promises to get votes. Restoring confidence may have been a side effect. I don't not think he specifically promised happy days.

Franklin D Roosevelt And in the final days, following Roosevelts death, Harry Truman.Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry Truman

booty me down was apart of fdr hundred days they all danced the pain away and eventually everything got better

Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected U.S. President four times, but he served only 12 years and 39 days. His first term was shortened by 43 days due to ratification of the 20th Amendment (which changed Inauguration Day from March 4 to January 20), and he died 82 days into his fourth term.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt died on April 12, 1945, during the closing days of World War II.

Franklin Roosevelt for 12 years, 1 month and 8 days.

The very beginning of 1933-1934, especially during the first 100 days of Franklin Roosevelt's presidency.

Franklin Roosevelt was the US when Hitler was in power. Roosevelt died 18 days before Hitler and Harry Truman was President those last 18 days.

In the first 100 days of his presidency, Franklin Delano Roosevelt issued the New Deal, which strove to combat the poverty and unemployment of the Great Depression.

During the time of the Great Depression, Franklin D. Roosevelt enacted a series of reforms to relieve economic pressure, all of which went into effect during his first hundred days in office. Ever since, every president has been judged based on his first hundred days in office.

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt launched his New Deal program during the first one hundred days of his first presidential term. As the effects of the Great Depression continued to grow, Roosevelt, with the cooperation of Congress tried several methods to bring some economic relief to the country.

11 years, 1 month, 8 days by Franklin Delano Roosevelt

During the Hundred Days Roosevelt promised Americans a New Deal, though he was vague about what it would look like. During the campaign, he vowed to respond to the Depression with "bold, persistent experimentation.

FDR was buried on April 15,1945. three days after his death.

Franklin D. Roosevelt was in office from 1933 to 1945. He was in office at the start of the war (September 1, 1939) and died on April 12, 1945, a total of 6 years, 1 day or 2193 days. United States joined World War 2 late. War on Japan was officially declared on December 8, 1941. Roosevelt was the president for 5 years, 8 months, 25 days (2095 days) when US was actually part of the war. Harry Truman was the vice president under Franklin Roosevelt. The day Roosevelt died Truman took office. From the day Truman started on April 12, 1945 to the day the war ended, September 2, 1945, Truman was in office for 4 months, 21 days (143 days).

the worst economic collapse in U.S. history, opened the way for a flood of legislation in 1933. Almost immediately after taking office, Roosevelt called on Congress to convene and began what would be known as the Hundred Days, which lasted until June 16, 1933

FDR's first 100 days are famous for the quantity of action by the President and Congress during this period. 1. Roosevelt shut all banks and then only re-opened the well managed ones. 2. Roosevelt abolished prohibition. 3. He introduced the A.A.A. This was the Agricultural Adjustment Act, helping farmers. 4. He introduced the T.V.A. Tennessee Valley Authority which built dams for rivers which flooded during the 1920's

None of his kids died at birth. But one son only lived 249 days. * Franklin Delano, Jr. (March 3, 1909-November 7, 1909; age 249 days)

Franklin Delano Roosevelt served a total of four terms which was the most a President had ever served. His four terms also lead to the creation of the 22nd amendment for limited terms of all presidents. Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected U.S. President four times, and he served a total of twelve years and 39 days until his death in April, 1945.

Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected to four four-year terms. His first term was shortened by a month and a half by the 20th Amendment, and he died three months into his fourth term. His Presidency lasted a total of 12 years and 39 days.

im doing a report on him and a biography on him says 15 major bills idk about other smaller bills though

Copyright ยฉ 2020 Multiply Media, LLC. All Rights Reserved. The material on this site can not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with prior written permission of Multiply.