Rail workers during the New Deal

ZIMSEC O Level History Notes: The United States of America (USA) 1920-1939: Opposition to the Deal

  • The Deal was criticized by some groups in the USA
  • The Republican opponents criticized it for its high cost of implementation which strained the taxpayers
  • Industrialists were opposed to the communist nature of the Deal
  • They also hated the fact that workers could form trade unions and the work regulations as they felt workers were gaining more power
  • The Deal also introduced higher taxation and this had negative effects on capitalists businesses as they were used to low taxes
  • The socialists on the other hand felt the Deal was not effective enough as they saw that capitalists still had more powers
  • The judges were accusing Roosevelt as having too much power concentrated in his hands
  • They argued that his Acts were illegal especially the NRA
  • Individual states argued that the government had took total control of their internal affairs
  • Blacks considered the Deal a white man’s programme as little had been for them

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