America 1932, A Nation in Fear
In 1932, America was a nation living in fear.
A global depression - the worst in history - had thrown millions out of work. Unemployment was approaching 25 percent. Factories were silent. Banks were failing. Farms were abandoned. And after three years of growing hardship, no end to the crisis was in sight.
As the people suffered, their government seemed paralyzed. President Herbert Hoover had tried unsuccessfully to combat the crisis. By 1932 he was discredited and reviled. As conditions worsened, many gave in to despair. But others clung to hope - for new leadership, a new direction, and, above all, for action.