Culture in the 1930s and the New Deal

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Eleanor Roosevelt was FDR’s wife. She took a major role in supporting various political goals while FDR was President. She fought for the rights of minorities and women. Eleanor wanted the New Deal programs to help the poor living in the USA. Eleanor supported Civil Rights for African Americans as well. She was upset that many New Deal programs seemed to discriminate against African Americans.

The struggle to give African Americans the rights they deserved grew in the 1930s. FDR appointed many African Americans to serve in government positions. Mary Bethune, an African American, was hired to serve in the National Youth Administration to help African American Youth. Bethune also helped create the “Black Cabinet.” This group assisted FDR on issues dealing with minorities.

While the Roosevelt administration saw some improvement with Civil Rights, many offered criticism as well. For instance, FDR refused to sign a federal anti-lynching law, saying it was a “states matter.” The New Deal Programs that created jobs also discriminated against African Americans and even paid some workers less than whites.

While many argued FDR did not go far enough to help with Civil Rights, his modest advancement gained the support of many minorities. The New Deal Coalition was a mixture of Southerners whites, African Americans, unions, and others that supported the New Deal programs. The Wagner Act made unions and collective bargaining legal. Organized labor grew rapidly while FDR was President.

Despite the poor economy, many flocked to the movies during the 1930s as an escape from the problems the nation was facing. Famous films like Gone with the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and others gained millions of dollars across the nation. In his famous book, The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck depicted the impact of the Great Depression on those living in Oklahoma.

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