The role of government changed as the economy did, as well. In the 20s, there were three Republican presidents, all with similar tactics. The economy was booming without government help, so they thought it was best to not interfere. Harding, Coolidge, and Hoover’s policies always supported businesses. The policies never affected the people directly. But, when the Great Depression hit America, Hoover did not know what to do. He continued to believe in limited government involvement. He did not provide any direct relief to the American people. Of course, citizens were angry because they felt that he did not even care about what they were going through. The anger he created led to 20,000 veterans gathering in Washington D.C., demanding to get their bonuses.
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