Essay on Analysis Of Upton Sinclair 's ' New Deal '

1647 Words Feb 2nd, 2016 7 Pages
When asked how to solve the Great Depression, critically-acclaimed author Upton Sinclair responded, “The remedy is to give the workers access to the means of production, and let them produce for themselves… the American way.” Sinclair believed that only by allowing the people to play a role in their economic futures could the depression truly be eradicated, an idea whose effectiveness can be shown through a comparison of the United States, a constitutional republic under the leadership of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Brazil, led by the idealistic Getúlio Vargas. In the decade leading up to the Second World War, both countries faced rampant unemployment and dangerous levels of agricultural overproduction; however, while some similar measures were taken by both men to provide relief to their citizens, Roosevelt’s solutions centered on the support of the people, while Vargas leaned more towards government intervention. Hence, while both Brazil and the United States made similar attempts to eradicate the depression, Roosevelt’s “New Deal” ultimately proved more effective in garnering public support than Vargas’s style of quasi-fascism due to the fact that democratic administrations, based on a firm constitution, are more open to public experimentation and participation during an economic downturn than dictatorial regimes.
When both Roosevelt and Vargas took power, the Depression had already taken its toll on industry. Manufacturing in Brazil dropped by 7% in just one year,…

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