Lecture 6

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April 11, 2008 Page 1 of 3 Lecture 6 Protest FDR: A Conservative? The New Deal was trying to save capitalism and preserve it as way of life FDR made capitalism more just and equitable The welfare state that emerged from the New Deal created a more gentle form of capitalism Hence, he was sometimes called a conservative because he was making capitalism just Conservatives in the 1930s Wealthy conservative hated Roosevelt because he was a traitor to his kind They thought the New Deal represented a step towards communism, spend too much money, was bad for individual liberties, and bad for big businesses In the early 1930s many people on the left had hope because of FDR attempts to reform Upton Sinclair and EPIC (End Poverty in California) Sinclair was the author of The Jungle In 1934 he was persuaded to take the nomination for the governor of California He also wrote I, Governor of California And How I Ended Poverty = utopian novel, where he was retiring a governor of California and the story is the basis of EPIC It turned idle farmers and factories over to the unemployed, who will turn them into cooperatives to produce for use, for their own needs Also, in the novel, the unemployed will be paid for work in scrip, which they will spend on goods produced in other departments
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