AFRO 201 Topic 6 Lecture SP 09

AFRO 201 Topic 6 Lecture SP 09 - AFRO 201: Introduction to...

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AFRO 201: Introduction to African-American Studies Topic 6: The New Deal, Work and Emerging Black Political Demands This Lecture Objective: To briefly examine the significance of the 1930s Great Depression and New Deal period relative to the history of African Americans and understand Black responses to the politics and issues of that day. The New Deal and Black America Race, Politics, and New Deal Outcomes The New Deal and Black America FDR, the Great Depression, and Blacks: President Franklin D. Roosevelt assumed office in 1932 when national income dropped by half and 25% of all Americans were unemployed. As much as half or even 60% of all African Americans were unemployed and blacks were particularly hard hit as agricultural workers. Race and the New Deal: While FDR launched federal experiments to save the economy, blacks faced intense discrimination in New Deal programs (for example): National Industrial Recovery Act (1933) Title I let administration set minimum wages & hours though later ruled unconstitutional. But it excluded 70% of the black workforce due to domestic/farmer worker status. Title II, Public Works Administration, provided only a handful of jobs to African Americans. Later
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AFRO 201 Topic 6 Lecture SP 09 - AFRO 201: Introduction to...

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