The New Deal That Almost Wasn't

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On November 8th, 1932 Franklin Delano Roosevelt won the presidential election in a landslide over incumbent President Herbert Hoover. FDR had run his campaign promising if elected, he would enact programs to help those suffering in the Great Depression. Herbert Hoover believed that if FDR followed through with his campaign promises, he would be bringing communism to America. Eric Rauchway a historian at the University of California Davis wrote in his latest book about the strenuous transition period where Hoover would do everything he could to get FDR to swear off his campaign promises. I recently reached out to Eric to talk to him about his newest book.

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If you’d like to keep up with Eric’s work on FDR you can follow him on twitter here or if you’d like to read more about Hoover’s attempts to derail The New Deal you can pick up his book here.