Questions: How did the Depression and New Deal effect Americans in different ways depending on class, race, ethnicity, geography, etc.? Is it possible to say there was a universal experience for Americans at this time? Why or why not? As much as Roosevelt tried to unite racial and ethnic groups, it was generally ignored by white Americans (pg 827). The New Deal brought more women into government than ever before in American history but the ideal of the male headed household powerfully shaped social policy. Because of the “southern veto,” the majority of black workers found themselves getting excluded from programs and receiving the least amount of benfits. Blacks were having to depend on welfare which was known as program for minorities (pg 828). In the South, many New Deal construction projects refused to hire blacks at all and believed in lynching black workers (Pg 834). They were by far treated the worst. Overall, the Depression and New Deal had a contradictory impact on America’s racial minorities. For
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