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The New Deal
The New Deal
Roosevelt's liberal solution to the Great Depression was to aggressively use government as a tool for creating a "new deal" for the American people, aimed at three R's--relief, recovery, and reform. This section provides an overview of legislation of the New Deal
 
Reception of The New Deal
Reception of The New Deal
President Roosevelt had his critics. He was attacked from the right by conservative Republicans who were often horrified by what they saw as creeping socialism. The New Deal was also assaulted from the far left by critics such as Louisiana governor Huey Long, who felt the New Deal did not go far enough. Meanwhile, many Americans felt left out of the New Deal all together
 
The Dust Bowl
The Dust Bowl
The Dust Bowl was a period of severe dust storms causing major ecological and agricultural damage to America's prairie lands from 1930 to 1936. It was caused by a combination of severe drought and decades of soil erosion caused by land mismanangement. Tons of topsoil simply blew away eastward in large dark clouds, sometimes visibile as far east as New York City. Many families left their homes and migrated west to California.
 
The Election of 1936
The Election of 1936
Americans weighed in on President Roosevelt, the Democrats, and the New Deal in the 1936 election. Republicans fielded Alf Landon, the moderate Governor of Kansas. Roosevelt won the greatest electoral landslide since the beginning of the current two-party system in the 1850s, carrying all but 8 electoral votes.
 
The Court-Packing Plan
The Court-Packing Plan
21 political cartoons & 2 speeches are presented in the format of a student cartoon analysis activity (grades 9-12)
 
Roosevelt's Foreign Policy
Roosevelt's Foreign Policy
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This section covers Roosevelt's foreign policy outside of Central Europe, including the "Good Neighbor" policy, and his recognition of the Soviet Union
 
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