The New Deal: Increasing Power Through Preserving Capitalism
Argues that President Roosevelt's New Deal of the 1930s was actually a plan to keep himself in power.
# 26669 | 1,506 words | 3 sources | APA | 2003 |
Published on May 12, 2003 in History (U.S. After 1865) , History (U.S. Presidency) , Political Science (U.S.) , History (U.S. The 1930's - Great Depression)
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This paper argues against the general historic consensus that Franklin D. Roosevelt was an advocate for the American people and that his New Deal organizations had the charitable agenda to redistribute wealth and power in the U.S. The paper shows that those historians who believe this idea fail to recognize the social and economic realities of the 1930s. During this decade the majority of the American people were starved, poor and unemployed. The author of the paper argues that Franklin D. Roosevelt's seemingly liberal reforms imposed by the New Deal did not effectively draw upon the wealthy to provide assistance to the needy, but were proposed in a manner that helped FDR maintain his position as president. As chief executive, Roosevelt enacted measures to preserve capitalism in order to increase government power.
From the Paper:"Roosevelt was a shrewd politician who used empty promises to appeal to the average citizen and gain initial public support for his presidency during the depression. Thus, people were easily misled to believe that Roosevelt's actions as president equally benefited labor and industry. During the early 1930's millions had lost their jobs and "men, women, and children were perishing because of plain lack of food and undernourishment." This caused Americans to lose faith in the capitalistic system and turn towards the government for help. Entering office in 1932, Roosevelt was expected to solve the "serious [economic] problems" in America, which had caused men to lose their "sense of security for the present and future necessary to the peace and contentment of the individual and his family.""
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