Franklin Roosevelt's Response To The Great Depression Essay
After Roosevelt was reelected in 1936, he cut government spending because he believed that the economy was recovering. This cut in spending sent the economy into a recession. As shown on the graph illustrating unemployment, there was a sharp increase in the unemployment rate during this recession. Roosevelt 's popularity had already taken a strong hit with his "court-packing scheme" aimed at creating a favorable Supreme Court to his New Deal legislature (Doc. J). The New Deal had decreased unemployment, but to many it did not do enough. In an editorial in "The Roosevelt Record" the author chastises the administration for not offering more jobs for African Americans. He states that, "To declare that the Roosevelt administration has tried to include the Negro in nearly every phase of its program for the people of the nation is not to ignore the instances where government policies have harmed the race " Roosevelt also came under attack from liberal Democrats such as Huey Long who advocated a socialist program under the title of "Share Our Wealth". These liberal Democrats forced Roosevelt to push his rhetoric further towards the left. Roosevelt 's New Deal legislature succeeded in some aspects, but leaves one to wonder whether it was worth the enormous cost or the strong doctrinal shift in the role of government.