Illustration of Franklin D. Roosevelt in upper left corner. Black text on a pink background.
After a landslide victory in the 1932 election against Herbert Hoover, President Franklin Roosevelt set about passing significant reform in the form of the ‘New Deal’ or a series of legislation aimed at protecting the poor and working class from economic upheaval, job loss, and to aid with retirement. However, in doing this Roosevelt alienated many important allies in the business community. In 1936, upon facing re-election Roosevelt had to vigorously defend his New Deal program from those who felt the economy was still too weak to bear the cost of these new programs.