I pledge you, I pledge myself, to a new deal for the American people.
We have a lot of background knowledge on the government programs of FDR’s administration during the economic crisis of the Great Depression, including many of the Alphabet Soup programs. Our next step is to discuss the short term and long term legacy of the plan with an in-class debate on Friday.
Carefully consult and use your New Deal debate handout (or your own format) to prepare for at least three of the five major topics of discussion:
- Was the New Deal successful in dealing with the economic crisis of the 1930s?
- Did FDR have too much power as President during the New Deal?
- Did the New Deal help all segments of the population?
- Was the government moving too close toward socialism during the New Deal?
- Is the long term legacy of the New Deal positive for the United States?
The materials already discussed in class and the following resources should be helpful, but you can also find your own – make sure they are reliable! Statistics and primary sources are great to support an opinion.
- Various statements about the New Deal
- Evaluation of the New Deal [ushistory.org]
- FDR’s New Deal Summary & Analysis
- New Deal or raw deal? – CNN.com
- Did the New Deal Work? – US News and World Report
- Fresh Debate About FDR’s New Deal | Cato Institute
- How FDR’s New Deal Harmed Millions of Poor People
- Where Historians Disagree – The New Deal
- Imagining a world without the New Deal – Washington Post
- It’s Time to Explode the Myths About the New Deal
- This section on the Legacy of the New Deal from Creating America
- Did the New Deal work? Debate continues 75 years later
There will be a chance for back channel interaction in class – want to get started early? Use your first name on the back channel chat, and make sure you use positive digital citizenship. No assertions without evidence!