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Not Alms but OpportunityThe Urban League and the Politics of Racial Uplift, 1910-1950$
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Toure F. Reed

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780807832233

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807888544_reed

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. Vocational Guidance and Organized Labor during the New Deal, 1933–1940

. Vocational Guidance and Organized Labor during the New Deal, 1933–1940

(p.107) 5. Vocational Guidance and Organized Labor during the New Deal, 1933–1940
Not Alms but Opportunity

Touré F. Reed

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter presents and discusses the New Deal offered by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to America in response to the collapse of the nation's economic and social institutions. Roosevelt set out to stabilize American capitalism through regulation of the nation's financial and manufacturing sectors, the implementation of policies to promote both higher wages and workers' rights, and the introduction of economic stimulus packages. Though the New Deal's overarching aim was simply to right a listing economy, the president's recovery efforts profoundly altered the meaning of American democracy. As historian Nelson Lichtenstein has demonstrated, New Dealers institutionalized a form of republican government that sought to restrain the inequities associated with industrial capital by empowering the citizenry.

Keywords:   New Deal, Franklin D. Roosevelt, American capitalism, economic stimulus packages, recovery efforts, American democracy

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