Dr. Lachin Hatemi: Were Blacks Included in Roosevelt’s New Deal?
By Lachin Hatemi M.D.
Published by www.KultureKritic.com
At the height of the Great Depression, Franklin Roosevelt took the driver seat of the entire country as the new president and steered the entire nation toward greater government control of people’s daily lives and the utilization of immense social programs. Roosevelt’s “New Deal” brought in innovations such as the Social Security program, unemployment benefits, and tighter regulation of the entire economy. But the “New Deal” also was an era of compromises.
Northern liberals found themselves at the negotiating table with the hardline Southern Democrats, who embraced big government in exchange for North’s abandonment of demands for racial equality across the country. Bargaining was inevitable since without the support of the Southern Democrats, there could be no majority support for the New Deal.