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GVPT 11/16 FDR and Defense of New Deal Liberalism -Not socialism or communism FDR Background 1882-1945 President from 1933-1945 (elected four times) 1920 Ran for VP Governor of NY Had polio (overcame stigma attached to disability) Was underestimated as a “political boy scout”-Walter Lippman Masterful politician; communicator, fireside chat (1 st was March, 1933) Speech at MSG (1936) Possible strategy for Obama? “Never before in all our history have these forces been so united against one candidate as they stand today. They were unanimous in their hate for me-and I welcome their hatred” (FDR) FDR’s Legacy Changed our relationship to government Created New Deal Coalition (southern, African Americans, white, ethnic working class voters) Legitimize larger role for government: -Using government (the presidency) To make life less risky To stabilize society: old age pensions, universal health care; old age pensions; To grow the middle class
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