Opposition to the New Deal

Opposition to the New Deal

The Cunning History Teacher’s Lesson Plan on Opposition to the New Deal provides a comprehensive and engaging approach to understanding the criticisms of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal and the efforts made by his government to address these limitations. The worksheet, included in this lesson plan, offers students the opportunity to delve deeper into the personalities and groups that opposed the New Deal and the reasons behind their opposition.

One of the key figures highlighted in this lesson is Father Coughlin, a Catholic priest who was a vocal critic of the New Deal and advocated for a more socialist approach to government policies. Another notable personality mentioned is Huey Long, a populist senator from Louisiana who also criticized the New Deal for not going far enough to address the needs of the working class. The worksheet also covers the ideas of Dr. Francis Townsend, an advocate for a government-funded retirement program for seniors.

In addition to these individuals, the lesson also covers the opposition from groups such as businessmen, Republicans, and campaigners, as well as the role played by the Supreme Court in limiting the scope of the New Deal policies. The worksheet also touches on ideological reasons for opposition, such as the belief that the New Deal was a form of socialism.

The lesson also covers the Second New Deal, which was implemented by Roosevelt in 1935 as a response to the ongoing criticisms of the original New Deal. This included the passage of important legislation such as the Wagner Act, which protected the rights of workers to organize and bargain collectively, and the Social Security Act, which provided a government-funded retirement program for seniors. Additionally, the worksheet covers the establishment of programs such as the Works Progress Administration (WPA), the Resettlement Administration, and the Farm Security Administration, which aimed to provide employment and improve the lives of rural Americans.

Overall, this lesson plan is an excellent resource for students studying the New Deal and its impact on American society. The worksheet offers opportunities for both individual and group work, making it a versatile and engaging learning experience. The Cunning History Teacher’s Lesson Plan on Opposition to the New Deal is a great resource for any student looking to gain a deeper understanding of this important period in American history.


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Resource Information

Description:Student activities include short readings, source analysis, critical thinking, class discussions, group work and other creative activities.
Estimated lessons:3-4.
Ages14 years and up.
Format Word Document.

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