In this lesson, our instructor Elizabeth Turro gives an introduction on the second M=New Deal. She talks about the new deal under attack, critiques from the left, the second New Deal, the promise of the New Deal, the New Deal murals, New Deal programs, the W.P.A and the 1936 politics. She also explains the new economic policy which is the deficit spending, John Maynard Keynes, the rise of unions and the CIO, the steel workers organize, the strikes, the effects of the New Deal, Eleanor Roosevelt, supporters of New Deal, Mary McLeod Bethune, Amelia Earhart and the New Deal critics. The other key points she mentioned are a critical view, the discrimination of minorities, the Dust Bowl, the map of the Dust Bowl, dust cloud, farmer and family.
There were critics of the New Deal from the left and from the right.
Business leaders & conservative Democrats formed the Liberty League in 1934 to lobby against the New Deal and its “reckless spending” and “socialist” reforms
Other citizens formed organizations like Father Charles Coughlin’s National Union for Social Justice; he sought the nationalization of the banking system & an expansion of the $ supply
Father Francis Townsend organized retired people in an effort to get the government to provide old-age pensions, and eventually FDR’s Second New Deal passed the Social Security Act
FDR’s Second New Deal expanded social welfare liberalism by creating more programs like the WPA and Social Security. The overall effects of the New Deal are mixed.
FDR utilized the Keynesian economic approach (deficit spending) in order to stimulate the economy; most historians and economists believe that WWII actually pulled the U.S. out of the depression.
The Second New Deal
Lecture Slides are screen-captured images of important points in the lecture. Students can download and print out these lecture slide images to do practice problems as well as take notes while watching the lecture.