Franklin Delano Roosevelt And Adolf Hitler

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Abstract This paper discusses the similarities and differences between two leaders, Adolf Hitler and Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Through extensive research, examples and major world events this paper will delve into two different worlds that initially had the same purpose. It illustrates how two leaders were solely looking out for the best interests for their countries. This paper will explain the visions each leader had, as well as the tactics they used to accomplish these visions. This paper will also look at two major world events, the Great Depression and the Holocaust, and will show the similarities and differences in each. Finally, this paper will review what Hitler and Roosevelt were able to accomplish in the long run. After…show more content…
The depression originated in the United States, starting with the fall in stock prices that began around September 4, 1929. Shortly after President Roosevelt was inaugurated in 1933, famine and corrosion combined to cause the Dust Bowl, which shifted hundreds of thousands of displaced persons off their farms in the Midwest. “From his inauguration onward, Roosevelt argued that restructuring of the economy would be needed to prevent another depression or avoid prolonging the current one. New Deal programs sought to stimulate demand and provide work and relief for the impoverished through increased government spending and the institution of financial reforms.” Although Roosevelt did not entirely solve the economic crisis, he did take a step in the right direction to minimize…show more content…
At Roosevelt’s inaugural speech he assured Americans that all they had to fear was “fear itself.” On the other hand, Hitler aggravated his follower’s fears and prejudices. While Franklin Delano Roosevelt did his work by stirring compassion; Adolf Hitler did his own by stirring up hatred. They both were known for their charisma, ability to arouse emotion, and rose to power during a national crisis. Both were leaders by symbolic and appeal. Franklin Delano Roosevelt used freedom symbols such as the bald eagle and used kind words such as "friend" or "my fellow..." to get people to support his ideas. Hitler and his Nazi party used the swastika and other militaristic symbols and used strong words in his speeches. Hitler and Roosevelt had a number of similarities and differences. Most notably, they came into power in the same month and solved the crisis of depression which was causing many social and political issues in both Germany and the USA. They also both hated Communism and Democracy, while Roosevelt was accused of founding a dictatorship. Altogether, there were a number of similarities, of which not all can be covered. Hitler differed in the way that he was arrogant, racist and lacked social justice; Roosevelt, however, was a keen democrat and felt sympathy for the people, a number of his policies reflects
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