Essay Response 2
In the 1920s, Americans shifted their focus away from the reformist impulse of the Progressive Era and instead embraced a culture focused on the quest for abundance and self-fulfillment. Within a decade, that culture came tumbling down as the Great Depression took hold, throwing the nation into economic chaos and challenging its ideals. In your essay, explain how Siegfried, Roosevelt, and Hoover all interpreted the meaning of the words â€œfreedomâ€ and â€œlibertyâ€ in Depression Era America. How did they differ in what they felt were the most important liberties to defend in American society, and why?
Andre Siegfried on the â€œNew Societyâ€ from the Atlantic Monthly (1928)
Franklin D. Roosevelt, Speech to the Democratic National Convention (1936)
Herbert Hoover on the New Deal and Liberty (1936)