Franklin D. Roosevelt was important to history because he was the president during key moments in U.S. history such as the Great Depression and World War II. During his first months in office, he passed several programs and reforms designed to stimulate the economy and relieve those struggling financially.Know More
Franklin D. Roosevelt became president during the Great Depression; he won on the platform of providing a "New Deal" for the American people. The New Deal created several domestic programs for the relief, recovery and reform of the economy. The relief portion of the New Deal helped out the unemployed by giving them work building airports, hospitals, schools and roads as well as raising the price of crops. Roosevelt's Second New Deal put into place the Social Security Act, which is one of the largest programs run by the U.S. government.
Roosevelt also lead the United States into World War II, allying the country with Great Britain and Soviet Russia to defeat Nazi Germany. Before the war, U.S. diplomacy followed an isolationist philosophy. Roosevelt and World War II changed this, and the United States has since been involved in world politics.
Roosevelt was the only president to serve four terms as president. Before Roosevelt, American presidents kept to a two-term tradition.Learn more about US History
On June 6, 1944, the Allied powers launched D-Day, which was the largest seaborne invasion in history, and began the overtaking of German-occupied Western Europe during World War II. Code-named "Operation Overlord," the invasion included a storming of the beaches of Normandy, France.Full Answer >
In 1992, Bill Clinton became president of the United States, and Hurricane Andrew hit the coast of Florida and became one of the costliest hurricanes in history. In addition, the first black female astronaut spent a week orbiting the Earth in the space shuttle Endeavour. Also in 1992, the North American Free Trade Agreement between the United States, Canada and Mexico was signed.Full Answer >
Herbert Hoover served as U.S. president from 1928 to 1932, which was one of the most economically depressed periods in the country's history. Though he cut taxes, invested in public works projects, established the Reconstruction Finance Corporation and signed into law the Smoot-Hawley Act, he failed to end the Depression.Full Answer >
The main result of the Smoot-Hawley Tariff was that the Great Depression around the world deepened. The Smoot-Hawley Tariff act was put into place in June of 1930.Full Answer >