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Unit 7: Opposition to Roosevelt and the New
Deal
Nature and extent of opposition to the New Deal
Opposition from the left
Opposition from Right
^Individuals involved
The supreme court and its impact and controversy
Roosevelt's responses to the supreme court
How successful was opposition to the New Deal?
Impact…

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1933= explosion of protests from militant farming groups and violent
strikes amongst groups of workers.
President of American Federation of Labor ( AFL)= commented that
unless orderly and constructive reform was carried out ` we shall we swept
aside by a tide of revolt'.
1934= san Francisco, a general strike…

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Began broadcasting in mid 1920s to appeal for money to keep a religious
shrine going.
During the depression= he turned to politics denouncing bankers and
Hoover.
By 1934 he was increasingly critical of FDR and the New Deal, where he
felt that FDR had not really taken on the banks…

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Opponents of the New Deal= community came from the traditional
manufacturing sectors and new high tech and service industry backed by
FDR.
Keenest opponents= often the ones who felt the most threatened by
government regulation and the rise of unions for the semiskilled and
production line workers.
Massive lobbying campaign…

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Conservative rural USA reasserted itself and a blocking alliance of
northern Republicans and southern Democrats brought the New Deal
grinding to a halt in 193738

Opposition in congress
54 out of 96 Senators and 225 out of 435 representatives in the Lower
House were from predominantly rural areas. As a…

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