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2 Essential Question: –In what ways did President Franklin Roosevelts New Deal provide relief, recovery, & reform during the Great Depression? Warm-Up Question: –?

3 Hoover & the Depression From 1929 to 1932, President Hoover was criticized for not doing more to end the depression –Unemployment reached 25% –U.S. banking collapsed –Hoover offered govt intervention (job programs) but it was seen as too little, too late By the election of 1932, Americans wanted hope & strong leadership

4 The Election of 1932 The country needs and... demands bold, persistent experimentation. It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another: But above all, try something. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt, Campaign Speech, 1932

5 The presidential campaign of 1932 was not merely a clash of two personalities. President Hoover himself said: "This campaign is more than a contest between two men. It is more than a contest between two parties. It is a contest between two philosophies of government."

6 Franklin D. Roosevelt s Appeal 1932 presidential election FDR was perceived as a man of action Hoover was viewed as a do-nothing president. Results: a landslide for Democrats Mandate government as an agency to help people in NEED

7 FDR & the New Deal In 1932, Democrat Franklin Roosevelt (FDR) defeated Hoover

8 Situation When FDR Entered Office March 1933 country was virtually leaderless banking system had collapsed

9 "It is my contention that no one should be allowed to write about FDR who did not experience that era. It really is one of those cases of you had to be there. Roosevelt may be a, but 60 years ago that myth looked more like hope. In his fireside chats, he turned our Philco radios into shrines, and when he said that America could not afford to live with one-third of a nation ill-housed and ill-fed, we thought he would do something about it. And he did" -- Daniel Schorr, "The FDR 'Myth': You Had To Be There," Christian Science Monitor, 25 October 1996

10 the only thing we have to fear is fear itself; Let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself; nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. FDR s inaugural address in 1933 inspired hope

11 FDR Restored Confidence Promised: vigorous leadership bold action Discipline Cooperation expressed faith in democracy

12 FDR s Personal Qualities practical politician practiced art of the possible charismatic person exhibited a warmth and understanding of people knew how to handle press focused attention on Washington provided dynamic leadership in a time of crisis willing to experiment

13 FDR & the New Deal FDR initiated his New Deal, a series of laws that were designed to fight the depression by offering: –Relief: govt relief checks & jobs to get people back to work –Recovery: tried to end the depression by stimulating industry & farming prime the pump –Reform: long-term solutions to Americas economic problems GOAL! -- to save Capitalism

14 The Hundred Days In his 1 st 100 days in office, FDR & Congress passed 15 major laws –FDRs 1 st action was to address the bank crisis; By 1933, people had no faith in banks –FDR declared a 4-day bank holiday after which banks were allowed to re-open only after gaining a govt endorsement

15 Banks recovered & Americans slowly regained confidence in banks

16 FDR s Fireside Chats FDR used the radio to sell his New Deal programs to the American people –These fireside chats used simple, clear language to explain his New Deal programs & gain public support for these goals Philco Radio 1931

17 First New Deal (1933-1936) Alphabet Soup Programs landmark legislation to begin direct relief programs to put Americans to work

18 New Deal: Relief The greatest success of the New Deal was its ability to offer relief to unemployed citizens: –The govt provided relief checks to 15% of Americans –The govt created jobs for Americans

19 Percentage of American Families Accepting Government Relief in 1933

20 New Deal: Relief Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was a work program for young men aged 18-25: –The CCC built roads, soil erosion projects, & parks –The CCC employed 3 million young men

21 CCC workers paved roads, planted trees, built bridges

22 New Deal: Reforms The New Deal created long-term reforms to address weaknesses in the American economy Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) was created to regulate the stock market & prevent another stock market crash

23 New Deal: Reforms To help restore public confidence in banks, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) was created: –The national govt insures money in bank accounts (up to $250,000 as of 2008)

24 New Deal: Reforms The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) created hydroelectric power plants in the South –TVA created dams in 7 states to provide cheap hydroelectric power & create jobs


26 New Deal: Recovery New Deal programs tried to stimulate the economy & end the depression –Agricultural Adjustment Act (AAA) tried to help farmers by paying them not to produce –By lowering supply, the govt hoped to increase crop prices


28 Unemployment in America, 1929-1942 The New Deal began in 1933, but by 1935 the Great Depression had not yet come to an end

29 FDR s Critics The failure of the New Deal to end the depression led to frustration & criticism of FDRs programs: –The most vocal critic was Louisiana Senator Huey Long Share the Wealth –Longs Share the Wealth plan suggested taxing all personal income over $1 million to give each family $2,500 per year ($40,000 in 2011 $s)

30 Huey Long How many men ever went to a barbecue & would let one man take off the table what's intended for 9/10 th of the people to eat? The only way you'll ever be able to feed the balance of the people is to make that man come back & bring back some of that grub that he ain't got no business with! Now, how are you going to feed the balance of the people? What's Morgan & Baruch & Rockefeller & Mellon going to do with all that grub? They can't eat it, they can't wear the clothes, they can't live in the houses. But when they've got everything on God's loving earth that they can eat & they can wear & they can live in, & all that their children can live in & wear & eat, & all of their children's children can use,… The Kingfish …then we've got to call Mr. Morgan & Mr. Mellon & Mr. Rockefeller back and say: Come back here, put that stuff back on this table here that you took away from here that you don't need. Leave something else for the American people to consume. Huey Long threatened to run as a 3 rd Party candidate but was assassinated in 1935

31 Court Packing The Supreme Court declared 2 recovery programs unconstitutional –FDR feared that the Supreme Court would weaken the New Deal –FDRs solution was to called court- packing: He wanted to increase the number of justices from 9 to 15 –Congress rejected his radical plan


33 Election (1936) Mandate??? Results of 1936 election indicate most Americans wanted government to take more responsibility for the welfare of nation

34 FDR s Second New Deal In 1935, FDR launched the Second New Deal –The Works Progress Administration (WPA) was the biggest New Deal program –Created 8.5 million jobs in a variety of professions & cost the govt $11 billion

35 WPA (Works Progress Administration) offered work to artists, musicians, theater people, and writers I am not willing that the vitality of our people be further sapped by the giving of cash, of market baskets, of a few hours of weekly work cutting grass, raking leaves, or picking up papers in the public parks. We must preserve not only the bodies of the unemployed from destruction but also their self-respect, their self-reliance, and courage and determination. -- FDR, early 1930s

36 WPA Public Work Project

37 WPA Initiatives

38 WPA Arts Project

39 Artists of the WPA

40 Kansas City from Politics, Farming, & the Law Thomas Hart Benton, 1936 Kansas City from Politics, Farming, & the Law Thomas Hart Benton, 1936

41 The Annual Move by Otis Dozier, 1936

42 Construction of the Dam by William Gropper

43 Dorthea Lange

44 Migrant Mother

45 WPA Music Projects

46 WPA Theater Projects

47 FDR s Second New Deal Social Security was Americas 1 st welfare program; It created –Old-age pensions to be funded by employers & workers –Welfare payments for the blind, handicapped, & needy children

48 FDR s Second New Deal The Wagner Act: –Protected workers right to strike & collectively bargain –Outlawed unfair practices used by companies to discourage union membership

49 Conclusions FDRs New Deal created a new role for the U.S. government: –For the 1 st time, the govt used deficit spending (going into debt) to stimulate the economy –For the 1 st time, the govt took responsibility for the people & created welfare programs –New Deal successfully offered relief to ease peoples suffering, but it did not end the Depression

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