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            In the 1920's mass production had become inevitable to supply the American people when they embraced the automobile, over "60 percent"1 of American households owned at least one motor vehicle. Farmers too were encouraged to buy new machinery and to purchase more land to supply demand. The American dream had become based upon the ability to purchase and borrow. Overproduction and the Wall Street Crash 1929 caused the then prospering America that President Hoover had inherited in 1928 to plummet into The Great Depression and Hoover soon saw his vision of free enterprise collapse due to the aftermath of the above events. However he persisted to carrying on for three longs years insisting that the "American economy was sound while it was actually collapsing"2 even though people lost their homes, jobs and food had become scarce for many. Amongst the hardest hit were agricultural workers and farmers who had borrowed money to buy more land only to find that land prices were falling. This and the drought played an important factor in the down fall of the Agricultural Industry. Therefore as a result of the above contributory factors and of the complacency of Hoover who had neglected to realise the greatness of devastation that gripped America he lost his turn in office to Franklin D. Roosevelt. The lack of faith in Hoover felt by many was highlighted in the electoral results "59 to Hoover and 472 to Roosevelt"3.
             On March 4th 1933, Franklin D. Roosevelt's First Inaugural Address took place. Interweaved into his speech was an obvious sign of urgency specifically due to The Great Depression. The prevalent Roosevelt used this first public exhibition to address the people and gather their support for a united America so that they could tackle and overcome the economic disaster together.
             Although Roosevelt relied on unknown writers he himself edited the final version of his speeches. He would often stray from the text at hand with a view of making the language simpler this is apparent in his Inauguration Speech.

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