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Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780748668878

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748668878.001.0001

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The New Deal’s Undeclared Socialism

The New Deal’s Undeclared Socialism

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(p.76) Chapter 6 The New Deal’s Undeclared Socialism
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The American Left
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Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748668878.003.0006

Conservatives attacked President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal as socialist or even communist. The chapter examines the political careers of Gerald Boileau and Thomas Amlie to suggest that influential members of Congress could be very much on the left, without describing themselves as socialists. On the basis of a review of the legislation of the 1930s, it arrives at a similar conclusion about a majority in Congress. This was a decade that saw the adoption of social security, the introduction of a minimum wage, the launching of major public works, and economic and social planning.

Keywords:   Franklin D. Roosevelt, Gerald Boileau, minimum wage, New Deal, planning, social security, Thomas Amlie

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