In the darkest days of the Great Depression, newly elected President Roosevelt launched a series of government interventions to address the devastating consequences of failed institutions and 25% unemployment. A series of financial industry acts helped stabilize the nation’s money supply and banking services. Public works acts put many unemployed Americans back to work. Housing acts such as the Federal Housing Administration, Home Owners Loan Corporation and the U.S. Housing Authority collectively made possible New Deal Homes such as this one. My grandfather was a foreman who build many New Deal Homes in and around Rutherford County, North Carolina in the 1930s & 40s. I have several of his carpentry tools in a display case.
The New Deal represented a new coalition of white working people, African Americans and left wing intellectuals, which stood in opposition to conservative obstructionism. While campaigning for his second term, Roosevelt was quoted saying “The forces of ‘organized money’ are unanimous in their hate for me—and I welcome their hatred. I should like to have it said of my first Administration that in it the forces of selfishness and of lust for power met their match.”
Many of the New Deal programs and institutions remain today and are considered part of the bedrock of American civic, financial and economic systems (e.g. Social Security, unemployment insurance, Securities and Exchange Commission). Similarly, the influence of money in politics and income disparity remain today as significant social political issues in the United States. Given its significant history, it’s sad to see so many abandoned, decaying New Deal homes across our landscape.
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