The New Deal Era and African Americans Analytical Essay by Jay Writtings LLC

The New Deal Era and African Americans
A look at the impact of the New Deal era on the African-American community.
# 118505 | 1,235 words | 2 sources | APA | 2010 | US

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This paper examines how the New Deal ushered in a number of changes for the African-American population of America and how these changes unfortunately would reinforce rather than turn established societal pressures working to keep the African-American population down. It looks at how under the Roosevelt and Truman administration attempts were made at adapting a truly progressive social policy and how these policies ignored Black Americans, largely excluding them from these programs, denying them the benefits offered to others.

Social Perspective on African Americans during the New Deal Era
The New Deal
Forrester Blanchard Washington
Contemporary Social Work Implications

From the Paper:

"The first New Deal programs initially were conceived to be temporary means to improve the economy by "putting money into the hands of consumers to increase buying power and begin an upward spiral of the economy". Roosevelt believed his first solutions to the problems of the society needed to be "saving farms and homes, reducing farm production, hiring out the unemployed in public works and supporting manufacturers so they would hire the unemployed" The second phase of New Deal programs (which occurred after Washington's resignation from FERA) were aimed towards an agenda of social reform marked by the enactment of the Social Security Act and the beginning of the welfare state. In both periods, African Americans were largely discriminated against. (Barrow 201) This establishment of a welfare state, as mentioned above, is one of the prime obstacles facing the African American community, even today, due to the disparity between the availability of work for the African American community as opposed to the white community. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Barrow, Frederica H. "" Social Work. 52.3, (2007) pp. 201-208.
  • Katznelson, Ira. "New Deal, Raw Deal." Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture & Society. 8.1, (2006) pp. 9-11.

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