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Franklin D. Roosevelt

The Road to the White House

Roosevelt roundly defeated Hoover in the election of 1932 with an electoral count of 472 to 59. Notably, this was the first election in which the African- American vote began to shift from the party of Lincoln to the Democratic Party–an alliance that was cemented in the next election. Having suffered the worst of the Depression, African-Americans were eager to support the Party that promised welfare for the people. Hoover, meanwhile, worked feverishly in the lame-duck months between Roosevelt's election and inauguration. However, without the ability to pass long-term legislation and without the support of the President-elect, Hoover was unable to accomplish anything of note. Banks continued to close all over the country, and people continued to take their money out of them leaving the federal government powerless to stop it.