Eleanor Fdr's Role In Unbroken

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The Benefits of Hope During The Great Depression

The Great Depression was a time period spanning the 1930’s that was a dramatic, hard-hitting, economic downturn in the United States, which was the longest and most severe depression ever experienced by the industrialized Western world. Though the Great Depression was a very difficult time in people’s lives, it changed the way people lived and worked making them more indomitable, and may be referred to as “unbroken” individuals. Throughout the challenges that they faced, many obtained qualities and characteristics that allowed them to overcome these hardships. Like the in novel Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand, the main character Loius Zamperini withheld many desirable qualities which helped him …show more content…

Like Louis Zamperini, many people obtained similar if not the same qualities to Louis Zamperini due to changes during the period made by president Franklin Delano Roosevelt who was assisted by his wife, Eleanor Roosevelt. Eleanor Roosevelt was a writer, activist, and wife of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Since she became the First Lady of the United States, she expanded the role for women in society. She demonstrated qualities of being independent and active in public and political life roles. Throughout her time as First Lady, she helped European Refugees, worked for European care groups, and had the bravery to address individual cases on her own, which classifies her as an unbroken individual. The impact of the New Deals, brought upon the United States during the Great Depression by President Roosevelt not only changed federal government's role, but also effectively reformed and created new social, political, and economical aspects that would …show more content…

economy had gone into a depression earlier, The Great Depression was by a catastrophic collapse of the New York Stock Exchange and a series of events, which led up to the crash such as the “Roaring Twenties,” where women became more outspoken and rebellious and industrialization led to debt that people couldn’t afford to pay off. “That’s what life is for most people, I reckon…. just barren ground where they have to struggle to make anything grow.” (Burg 33) After this crash, 40 percent of the paper values of common stock were wiped out. The Great Depression left people jobless, homeless, poor, and desperate. Businesses and factories shut down, banks failed, and farm income had fell by 50 percent, and by 1932, approximately one out of every four Americans were unemployed. Although the depression was world wide, no other country but Germany reached so high a percentage of unemployed. The effects of people losing their jobs were not only hard-hitting economically, but regarding confidence, many were in despair and shameful after they lost their jobs and couldn’t find another one. The suicide rates increased from 14-17 per 100,000. (The Great Depression 1929-1939) The presidential campaign of 1932 was chiefly a debate over the causes and possible remedies of the Great Depression. In 1928, President Herbert Hoover stated, “We have not yet reached the goal, but given a chance to go forward with the policies of the last eight years, and we shall soon with the help

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