Opponents of the New Deal

Liberal Critics

Socialists and extreme liberals in the Democratic Party criticized the New Deal for doing too much business and too little for the unemployed and the working poor.

Conservative Critics

More numerous were those on the right who attacked the New Deal for giving the federal government too much power.
"Fairness Doctrine" = Unfair = censorship


Several Critics played upon the American people's desperate need for immediate solutions to their problems.

The Supreme Court

Of all the challenges to FDR's leadership in his first term in office, the conservative decisions of the supreme court proved the most frustrating.

The Rise of the Unions

Two new deal measures caused a lasting change in labor management relations by legalizing labor unions.

Formations of the C.I.O.

as unions grew in size, tensions and conflicts between rival unions grew in intensity.


collective bargaining was now protected by federal law. many companies resisted the demands.
Unemployment in the 1930's & the lessons for 2012

Fair Labor Standards Act

A final political victory for organized labor in the 1930s also represented the major reform of the New Deal.

Last Phase of the New Deal

passage of the FLSA was not only the last but also the only major reform of FDR's second term.


banks were stable, business earnings were moving up, and unemployment had declined from the 25% figure.
Reasons behind 2008 Recession

Weakened New Deal

Although the economy had improved, there was no boom and problems remaining.

Life During the Depression

Many people never got over the trials and tribulations they were faced with during the Great Depression.
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added pressures were placed on the families of unemployed fathers during the great depression. women were eventually forced to sought work and were accused of taking jobs from the men.

Dust Bowl Farmers

As if farmers did not already have enough problems, a severe drought in the great plains ruined crops in the 1930s.

African Americans

devastating racial discrimination continued into the 1930s against african americans whom in which were last hired upon jobs, but also the first fired.

Native Americans

John Collier was an advocate on native american rights. he established conservation and CCC projects on reservations and gained native american involvement

Mexican Americans

Mexican americans also suffered with discriminatory practices in the 1930s.