After studying Chapter 14, students should understand the following concepts:

  • The series of emergency measures enacted by Roosevelt immediately after his inauguration and designed to restore economic confidence.

  • The New Deal programs for raising farm prices and promoting industrial recovery.

  • The political pressures from both the left and the right that spurred FDR to embrace both federal relief programs and Social Security after 1935.

  • The changes in the strategies of organized labor during the New Deal period.

  • The effects of both the Court-packing scheme and the recession of 1937 on the New Deal.

  • The impact of the New Deal on minorities and women.

  • The lasting significance of the New Deal to the American economy and political system.


The following assignments may be given to assist students reading sections of the textbook: