The Great Depression and The New Deal Discussion Questions
What were the key factors that led to the depression? The text argues that it wasn’t caused by the stock market crash. What were the causes?
Critics called the New Deal “socialistic”. Was it? Look at FDR’s policy toward banks – what would a socialist do?
What were the key differences between the first and second new deals? Why did fdr change course?
What kind of themes did government supported artist explore? How did they differ from commercially produced popular culture?
The new deal is often considered a watershed for African Americans. Why?
To what extent is it valid to say that the new deal promoted only moderate change? To what extent is it valid to say that the new deal promoted radical change?