Roosevelt took over a country where the economic machinery had completely broken down.
The New York Stock Exchange and the Chicago Board of Trade had closed.
Illinois and much of the South had stopped paying teachers. Schools closed for months.
An army of 25,000 famished war veterans squatting in view of Congress had been charged by troopers of the 3rd US cavalry with naked sabres – led by a Major George Patton.
Armed farmers threatening revolution had laid siege to a string of Prairie cities. A mob had stormed the Nebraska Capitol. Minnesota's governor was recruiting Communists only for the state militia.
Lawyers attempting to enforce foreclosures were shot.
More than 100,000 New Yorkers applied to go to the Soviet Union when Moscow advertised for 6,000 skilled workers.
We forget how close America came to open revolt.