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Misperception is Reality: Understanding the Hoover/Roosevelt Policy Continuum (Name) (Institution) (Instructor) Abstract Herbert Hoover projects the stodgy, arch-Conservative image of a president whose inaction sacrificed America’s economic well-being. In recent times, historians and economists have reassessed the influence of Hoover’s progressive economic policies on the New Deal.


Most politicians are, by nature, polarizing characters who champion a cause, policy or social trend with passion and conviction. It’s tempting to categorize the people who make laws and run our government as “conservative,” or “liberal” because, among other things, doing so makes it easier to assign blame when policies go wrong – in spite of good intentions. Ill-conceived perceptions are often the result. Inaccurate notions become stronger over time until they acquire the gloss of truth. So it has been with the comparisons made between Herbert Hoover and Franklin Roosevelt and the policies enacted by both administrations in response to the Great Depression. The clash of laissez faire economic philosophy and government intervention, a debate which has dominated the American political scene in recent years, provides an interesting subtext to the study of pre- and post-Depression America. A reassessment of that era by economists and historians has revealed that the Hoover administration was far more dynamic than is generally assumed and indicates that Hoover and Roosevelt had much in common, ideological differences notwithstanding. It can be said that the New Deal inherited and extended programs initiated prior to 1932. ...
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