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Opponents of the New Deal

  • There were liberal critics of the new deal who felt like the focus was on business and not towards the people.
  • On the conservative side, people felt like the government had too much power. Which soon banded the American Liberty League whose purpose was to stop the New Deal.
  • Because citizens were looking for immediate answers it left the door open for people like Charles E. Coughlin to convey their thoughts on how to end the issues.
  • The Supreme Court was an obstacle in Roosevelt's path for economic stability. To combat the problem he wanted to pass a law that allowed him to pick the court justice but that would tamper with checks and balances system. Even though he didn't get the law pass in the end he was able to choose because of retirement and other various reasons.
Opposition to the New Deal

Rise of Unions

  • The A.F. of L was being dominated by white skilled workers. This raised the issue that membership should not be limited to certain ethnicity or sex. People who believed that were dismembered and started a new union know as the C.I.O.
  • Because companies still resisted union demands they started to strike in order to achieve their goal. Examples of this include companies like General Motors and the U.S. Steel Corporation.
  • The Fair Labor Standards Act was the last major reform of the New Deal. It laid ground rules for the wages and hours of workers.
Coal Strike Ended, John L. Lewis & Government Settlement 1946/5/29

Last Phase of the New Deal

  • After getting banks and businesses stable, in 1937 the economy entered a recessionary period. According to Keynes, instead of balancing the budget he should have allowed deficit spending. It ended up working for the country.
  • Because of the court-packing incident FDR didn't have the same amount of support he once had. This in tandem with the Nazis rising was an end to the New Deal.
Keynesian Economics and the Great Depression

Life During the Depression

  • Due to the depression women started getting jobs which made some men mad because they felt like they were taking jobs.
  • Luck for farmers got worse when a drought hit the Midwest that stunned the farming community.
  • Africans were still thrown under the bus during these times. things improved a little with the WPA but it still wasn't equal.
  • Native Americans saw an improvement of troubling times when the Dawes Act was repealed control over land was restored
  • Mexican Americans were forced to go back to Mexico because white migrants took their jobs.
African Americans During the Great Depression