The New Deal
Opponents of the New Deal
- Democratic liberals and socialists criticized the New Deal.
- Conservative critics attacked the New Deal for giving the federal gov't too much power.
- Political leaders reach people through the radio to end evil conspiracies, guaranteed economic security for the elderly and redistributing the wealth.
- The supreme court killed both the NRA and AAA deciding that the laws that created them were unconstitutional.
American History - Part 179 - FDR - Supreme Court Battle - Slapped by voters
Rise of Unions
- C.I.O concentrated on organizing unskilled workers in the automobile, steel, and southern textile industries.
- Strikes in the automobile and steel industries were a result of companies resisting union demands.
- The Fair Labor Standards Act established a minimum wage, a maximum worksheet of 40 hours, child- labor restrictions.
Living and Working Conditions and the Rise of Unions
Undoing the New Deal
Life During the Depression
- Women sought out jobs and were accused of taking jobs from men.
- A severe drought in the early 1930s ruined crops in the great plains which forced farms to move westward to california.
- Racial discrimination continued in the 1930s with african americans being the last to get hired and the first to fired. Also excluded from state and local relief programs.
- The Dawes act of 1887 gave Native American tribes back their land and supported the preservation of Native American culture.
- Mexican americans were a principal source of agricultural labor in the 1920s. Also faced discriminatory practices in the 1930s.
Life in the Great Depression