The persistence of Depression conditions through 1934 prompted opposition to FDR from both the right

The persistence of Depression conditions through 1934 prompted opposition to FDR from both the right

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The persistence of Depression conditions through 1934 prompted opposition to FDR  from both the right and the left. The American Liberty League, created in August 1934,  represented right-wing opposition to FDR's extensions of the role and responsibility of  American government. Powerful leftist demagogues, however, pressed FDR to extend  the reach of the New Deal even further. Dr. Francis Townsend, who himself had lost  most of his money in the stock market crash, advocated giving a $200 per month in  pension for each elderly person–provided that they spend it by the end of the month–as  a means of jumpstarting the economy. Among the anti-New Dealers, Senator Huey  Long of Louisiana was the most notorious. Beginning in early 1934, he used his abilities  on the stump to spread support for his "Share Our Wealth" program, in which each  American family would get $5,000 at the expense of the rich. Long was assassinated in 
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