FDR – The New Deal
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FDR – The New Deal

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Who was Franklin Delano Roosevelt?

  • Raised in upper NY

  • Attended Harvard & Columbia

  • Lawyer

  • Governor

  • Contracted polio

  • Elected President in 1932

  • Pledged to America; “I Pledge to you, I pledge to myself, to a new deal for the American people”

  • Stated in Inauguration Speech –”We have nothing to fear but fear itself”

  • Describe what happened to Roosevelt in 1921.

    • What could have taken place because of this?

    • If Roosevelt had a negative attitude about his situation what could have happened? what might the outcome have been?

  • Something to think about…..

  • How would you have handled the situation?

The New Deal Plan

  • “Brain Trust”

  • First Hundred Days

  • Relief, Recovery, Reform


  • Who was in the Brain Trust? How did they help FDR succeed politically?

  • What made FDR’s First Hundred Days so extraordinary?

  • Did the New Deal successfully bring about relief, recovery, and reform ? How?

  • What did the New Deal programs provide for the American people? Be specific.

Success of the New Deal Plan

  • Overhauled Banks (Emergency Banking ACT)

  • Addressed unemployment (FERA)

  • Promote recovery (National Recovery Administration) (Agriculture Adjustment Administration)

  • Wagner Act

  • SEC

  • FDIC

  • The New Deal restored a sense of security as it put people back to work. It created the framework for a regulatory state that could protect the interests of all Americans,

  • rich and poor, and thereby help the business system work in more productive

  • ways. It rebuilt the infrastructure of the United States, providing a network of

  • schools, hospitals, and roads that served us well

  • for the next 70 years.

Failures of the New Deal

  • Negative Effects:

  • National debt grew.

  • Government’s power grew tremendously.

  • Opened up new issues like welfare abuse

  • Didn’t end the depression

  • Harmed the poor people even more

In your opinion, was The New Deal a success of failure?

What would you have added or taken away to make the New Deal better?

How the New Deal Plan affects the US today


  • New Deal helped pave the way to an understanding of how to address severe deflation

  • FDIC

  • Social security


  • Social security

  • Un-employment

  • Welfare

  • Food stamps

List and explain three New Deal programs still used today.

What are the positives and negatives of these programs?

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