Class Notes

When FDR took over the presidency, he brought with him a new type of brain trust made up of Ivy Leaguers and New York social workers. These advisors were highly influenced by the Progressives and believed government could solve of the world’s ills. There was one major difference between the New Dealers and the Progressives, the Progressives had a strong moral dimension to their reforms. Whereas the Progressives want to fix evil by outlawing alcohol, FDR thought what the nation needed was a good stiff drink.

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