The Great Depression and the New Deal

Edward O’Donnell – Holy Cross College

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During the early years of the Great Depression, Americans experienced economic hardship (25% unemployment) on a scale that was without precedent in U. S. history.  This multimedia presentation explores the causes and impact of the Great Depression.  It also will examine the key aspects of President Roosevelt’s New Deal, including: the central philosophical and political ideas behind it, the goals and outcomes of the short-term programs like the WPA and permanent reforms such as Social Security, the conservative challenge to the New Deal (i.e., Liberty League), and the formation of the New Deal coalition.  Finally, Professor O’Donnell will offer an assessment of the successes and failures of the New Deal.