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HIST 2047, Week 4

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HIST 2047, Week 4 HIST 2057

Taylor Wilson
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FDR and The New Deal
The United States From 1865 to the Present
Catherine Jacquet
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FDR, newdeal, history, us
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Date Created: 09/13/16
FDR and the New Deal: Reforming America Presidential Campaign 1932  Hoover – limited gov’t intervention  FDR – fed gov’t should play a larger role  Supports direct relief for the unemployed  Pledges a New Deal during his campaign  Happy days are here again FDR  Politically prominent family o VP losing ticket 1920  Polio 1921 o Bedridden for 2 years o Loses use of his legs o Recovers from polio in 1928  Had a disability, kept secret o Rare for pictures take of him in his chair  Governor of New York 1929  Wins Democratic Party nomination 1932 election  Nov. 1932 election o Hoover 15.8 million o FDR 22.8 million  Takes office March 4, 1933 “The nation asks for action and action now”  Broad ranges of measures o From Wall St. to Nebraska Fill in -6/30 What did the New Deal do?  Provided relief to those in need  Job creation o At LSU: the PWA and the WPA  Geology building, himes hall, 3 women’s dorms, Atkinson building The New Deal at LSU  Student health center  N. Enclosure of football stadium  Alex box  Agricultural building 1 Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC)  Est. March 1933  Forest preservation, national parks, flood control  3 million men by 1942 o $30 a month, young women not eligible o Thousands of young men were able to sustain themselves and make a living  “Rebuild” America’s working-class men  Fear that with men being out of working during the depression, men were emasculated o The CCC could produce and economically independent working class Works Progress Admin  Largest and most ambitious New Deal agency o Federal project 1  Federal Art Project, Federal Music Project  Federal Writer’s Project  Interview 2300 former slaves  Federal Art project o Provided work to millions of unemployed people The New Deal  Two phases st o 1 ndw Deal (1933-1934), economic recovery o 2 New Deal (1935-1938), reform, welfare of citizen, social safety net  Reform program – preserves capitalism o Emergency Banking Act. “Capitalism was saved in 8 days.” o Transforms American capitalism in significant ways  Emergency Banking Act 1933 o Created a system to audit and loan funds and reopen banks under treasury department supervision o Attempt to stabilize the banking system o Put in place to restore people’s faith in the banking system because it was on the verge of collapsing o Bank runs – people rush to withdraw all their money from the banks o Significance – between the act and FDR explaining it to the people, the people’s faith in the banks were restore and they deposited their money 2 The First 100 days  1 100 days of Roosevelt’s presidency  Congress passed 14 major pieces of legislation New Deal Firsts  First federal minimum wage  Government system of unemployment benefits  System of old age pensions (Social Security)  Protections for labor unions  Regulatory agencies for stocks and bonds  Gov’t insurance for individual bank deposits (FDIC)  Gov’t responsible for social welfare** Expanded power of Federal Government  Est. control over the economy  Oversee nations financial systems  Rules set by federal gov’t o What farmers could plant o Required employers to deal with unions o Regulate stock market American welfare state  Creates liberal welfare state  Gov’t assumes responsibility to provide relief to those that are jobless, homeless  Gov’t guaranteed safety net  Social Security Act 1935 o Gov’t administer system fund by taxes o Work relief programs for the unemployed o Unemployment insurance o Old age pensions o Aid to the disabled, elderly, poor, families with dependent children  Permanent system of social insurance o SSA part of the 2 ndNew Deal o Bringing electricity to places that didn’t have it A dramatic departure  Transforms the relationship between fed. Gov’t and the American citizen  Before the 1930s: whether the fed. Gov’t should intervene 3  After FDR: how the gov’t should intervene Transforming the presidency  Spoke directly to Americans  Received hundred of thousand of letters  An important presence in the lives of many Americans Electoral politics  Transforms the democratic party o Shifts dramatics o Still elements of the White S. elites  Liberal- support the intervention of gov’t  Conservatives – support free market and weak gov’t  Coalition of ethnic workers, races, New Deal Summary  FDR restore confidence in gov’t and the economic system  Transforms the way American thought and experienced the gov’t  Reshapes national politics and culture  Restores people faith in federal gov’t  Millions of $$ into the economy, millions saves from hunger and misery  New Deal does NOT get us out of the Great Depression o Massive Gov’t spending in WWII is what gets us out  1941 – unemployment down 10% o 1944 – 1% jobless  New Deal inspired confidence in the nation and confidence in the government  New Deal made it so that we could defeat Germany – theory of historians Out of the Depression  1939 – 10 million still jobless; unemployment at 19%  WWII – mobilization and massive gov’t spending o 1941 unemployment at 10% o 1944 unemployment at 1%  New Deal and WWII 4


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