W9 DISCUSSION - In what sense were depression era writings...

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In what sense were depression era writings hopeful or despairing? Did the writings call for collective or individual action and how can you tell? There is definitely a sense of despair when reading these documents. Not much hope at all. When the depression struck, the New Deal was proposed to help those who were less fortunate. After reading these documents though, it was clear that these goals were not fully accomplished. “The New Deal did little to alter fundamental property relations or the distribution of wealth” ( Out of Many, p. 555). Many people felt that positive changes were coming, but they were let down once the policies were put in place. “Most of [the New Deal’s] programs largely failed to help the most powerless groups in America – migrant workers, tenant farmers and sharecroppers, African Americans, and other minorities” ( Out of Many, p. 555). This quote is very powerful, mainly because the New Deal was meant to help out these people. It is clear that many minorities felt forgotten and left out. Women were also victims at
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