The testimony of Myron Buxton, a draftsman from Newburyport in Massachusetts, is retold. He illustrates the effect that the Depression had on people in the 1930s. He also describes how Herbert Hoover was against government intervention and how this changed when Franklin Roosevelt came into administration.
Ask students to examine measures introduced by President Roosevelt’s activities when he first came into office: Loans to private banks, loans for homeowners, loans to farmers, army recruitment schemes. Conduct a tag team debate in which the class argue for and agiast the statement "Roosevelt's presidency was a turning point for America"