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For all the credit Roosevelt has been given
for the success (or otherwise) of the New
Deal, there was opposition in America to
both what he was doing with regards to his
economic policies to combat
unemployment and to the beliefs he was
perceived to have held.…read more

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The Supreme Court
· The Supreme Court took its stance from a legal
viewpoint and in 1935 it effectively declared 11 of 16
Alphabet Agencies unconstitutional.
· The point made by the Supreme Court was that any
efforts made to help farmers etc. should come at a state
level and not federal level, as in accordance with powers
given to the states by the Constitution.
· Some politicians realised that the New Deal was not
overwhelming popular with all the people and that there
was a chance to make political capital out of this. The
1936 election result certainly showed that there was
mileage in such an approach.…read more

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As the Supreme Court was made up of senior
Republican judges when Roosevelt tries to push
his policies through they are rejected. This
forces Roosevelt to bring in replacement
policies.
· The Supreme Court was made up of 9 Judges
and the split had always been 4 in favour of New
Deal, 5 Against. A switch in voting by the Chief
Justice tipped the balance in favour of New Deal
policies.
· This may have been due the "Court packing" bill.…read more

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Other Opposition
· Other opposition to Roosevelt came in the form
of individuals such as Huey Long.
· Long created the Share Our Wealth program in
1934, with the motto "Every Man a King,"
proposing new wealth redistribution measures,
to curb the poverty and crime resulting from the
Great Depression.
· Long was gaining lots of support and was
immensly popular, however he was assasinated
before he could really influence Roosevelt's
policies.…read more

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Francis Townsend, Milo Reno, and Upton
Sinclair also opposed Roosevelt's New
Deal. Their individual policies were never
greatly influential however.
· Perhaps one more influential opponent to
New Deal was Father Charles Coughlin,
simply because of the number of people
his broadcasts reached (around 40 million
a week).…read more

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