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FDR and The New Deal

Lockdown lecture in American Series for Monday 8 January


  • The Thirties and The Depression Years

  • Not solely an American crisis

  • President Hoover's reluctance to act

  • When Hoover did act it was largely ineffectual

  • Hoover loses 1932 Presidential Election to his rival FDR

  • Roosevelt's 100 Days of Federal intervention

  • Were these measures effective or did FDR's strength lie in his ability to connect with ordinary people and to provide hope?

  • Continuing Reforms

  • Big Government v Small Government. An ongoing debate

  • Resonances for today's America

  • FDR's historical conclusion at end of the decade

A reading suggestion: The Great Depression and The New Deal by Eric Rauchway (Oxford)

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