Opposition to the New Deal
Some critics thought the New Deal went too far.
Some saw the New Deal as socialistic
Thought the federal government had gotten to large
2. Financial Concerns
Some believed the New Deal programs would bankrupt the country
3. Roosevelt a Dictator?
Liberty League thought the powers of the presidency had gotten too large
Roosevelt was becoming a dictator
Supreme Court – Parts of the NIRA and the
AAA were found to be unconstitutional.
FDR tried to change the Supreme Court by adding six more justices. Congress didn’t go for the plan.
B. New Deal not Enough
Other critics thought the New Deal did not go far enough
Dr. Francis Townsend – Wanted FDR to do more for the older people in the country.
1. Nationalization of American Resources
Father Charles E. Coughlin (Catholic Priest)
He called for the Nationalization of American wealth and resources
All businesses and all wealth controlled by the government
Used his weekly radio show to promote these ideas
2. Huey Long
Called for a more equal distribution of wealth in
Proposed a “Share the
Every family would receive
$2,500 income a year
Would be paid for by higher taxes on the
Long was assassinated in
A. Republican Party
Alfred M. Landon
2. Republican Support
Most of their support came from the business community
Problems with labor unrest, the continuing depression, and Supreme Court opposition to the New Deal also helped the Republicans
B. Democratic Party
1. Presidential Candidate
Franklin D. Roosevelt
2. Democratic Message
Roosevelt said the
Republicans had given the Americans:
“Nine crazy years at the [stock market] ticker and three long years in the breadlines.”
3. Democratic Support
A majority of Americans supported Roosevelt
Richard Wright wrote:
Where I come from, they’re all singing
‘Roosevelt! You’re my man!
When the times come
I ain’t got a cent,
You buy my groceries
And pay my rent.
Mr. Roosevelt, you’re my man.’
Roosevelt won an even bigger victory than in
Roosevelt: 523 Electoral Votes
Landon: 8 Electoral Votes
A. The New Deal Revolution
Changed many aspects of American life
Expanded the Role of the Federal Government
Increased the power and role of the President
B. Did the New Deal end the Great Depression?
1. Maybe Yes
New Deal programs prevented a total economic and political collapse of the US
It created agencies and programs to help prevent future depressions
2. Maybe No
It never brought full economic recovery
The US suffered another small depression in