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Case Study: The Democrat and The Dictator
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Case Study: The Democrat and The Dictator


Franklin Roosevelt and Adolph Hitler both came to power in 1933.  They found themselves in charge of nations still suffering from the consequences of World War 1 and the Great Depression.  Unemployment in the US was nearly 25%, while nearly one-third of Germany's workforce had been idled.

Americans and Germans had opted for new leadership in 1933 and were now looking to their new leaders for solutions, and perhaps a new vision of the future.  Both FDR's Inaugural address and Hitler's first address as Chancellor of Germany have been analyzed for their similarities and differences.  Now it's our turn!

In  2-3 pages, do the following:

  1. Read both speeches and give an assessment of what these two leaders thought was the cause of the problems their countries faced. Provide quotes to support your view.
  2. Using quotes from both speeches, tell how each leader intended to deal with:   
    1. Unemployment 
    2. Banking, finance and in general, the economy 
    3. Agriculture 
    4. Foreign Policy 
  3. Finally, in a concluding statement, tell where think these leaders find common ground in terms of their proposed solutions, and what you think their vision is with regard to the power of their position. 

Complete your Case Study in a Word document, approximately 300-400 words in length.

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