New Deal

Book Review: Rethinking the Great Depression

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Rethinking the Great Depression by Gene Smiley (Chicago: Ivan R. Dee, 2002); 179 pages; $24.95. The Great Depression of the early 1930s has left a deep and lasting mark on the United States. For many in the general public the Great Depression still conjures up the image of mass unemployment caused by the failure of unregulated capitalism. For many in the ... [click for more]

Reexamining the “Good War”

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The Second World War is considered America’s “good war” of the 20th century. The First World War is considered the tragic war. President Woodrow Wilson intended the war to “make the world safe for democracy,” but instead it generated the rise of communism, fascism, and Nazism. The Korean War cost the ... [click for more]

A Different Look at World War II

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Prior to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, although many people supported giving aid to England, most Americans opposed entry into the war against the Nazis. Americans still remembered the ravages of World War I (“the war to end all wars”), when American soldiers were drafted and sent ... [click for more]

Book Review: The New Dealers’ War

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The New Dealers’ War: F.D.R. and the War within World War II by Thomas Fleming (New York: Basic Books, 2001); 628 pages; $35. THE SECOND WORLD WAR is considered America’s “good war” of the 20th century. The First World War is considered the tragic war, which need not have occurred, which could have been ended much earlier than the four years over ... [click for more]

Should Tipping Be Voluntary?

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If New Deal legislation had been enacted in the 1930s requiring people to tip waiters 15 percent of the total amount of their restaurant bill, we might have been subjected to the following debate today: Repeal Advocate: Don’t you think we ought to repeal the tipping law and let ... [click for more]

FDR — The Man, the Leader, the Legacy Table of Contents

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  Part 1 (April 1998) Early years Part 2 (May 1998) 1905 – 1914 Part 3 (July 1998) 1914 – 1916 Part 4 (August 1998) 1916 – 1918 Part 5 (November 1998) End of the war; 1920 campaign Part 6 (April 1999) 1924 campaign; 1928 campaign — Roosevelt becomes governor of New York. Part 7 (June 1999) Governor Roosevelt: 1928 – 1932 Part 8 (November 1999) The ... [click for more]

Blue Eagles and Déjà Vu

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The first major step that this nation took toward merging government and industry, and toward the total abandonment of the free-market system, was the enactment of the legislation that created the National Recovery Administration. The NRA with its famous Blue Eagle symbol soon began grinding out hundreds of "codes" repealing economic freedom and arbitrarily fixing wages, prices, and hours. In ... [click for more]
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