How Did The New Deal Improve Lives Of Mexican-Americans

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In the words of Robert Frost, “Nothing gold can stay.” Such is a true story for the American economy from the height of the roaring 20s, to the depths of the Great Depression. Since the overuse of credit, the farm crisis, and several other factors brought on the Great Depression, the nation was in desperate need of a leader and a way out of their economic crisis. Americans, in their desperation, sought change to end the suffering of the Great Depression in Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) and his New Deal. In the 1930’s, FDR enacted a series of laws in the U.S. known as the New Deal which were ineffective in dealing with the Great Depression, since the New Deal wasted deficit dollars into the economy, neglected the suffering of both women and minorities, and …show more content…

The New Deal may have been developed with good intentions, but it hadn’t done enough for a massive part of American minorities. Mexican-Americans (MAs) experienced extreme discrimination from governmental programs, such as the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and the Works Progress Administration (WPA). These programs had hardly helped to improve lives of MAs because they had discriminated against them by disqualifying migrant MAs for not having a permanent residence. FDR’s New Deal also did not support civil rights or African Americans (AAs) out of fear that FDR would lose the white southern democratic vote. With that being said, FDR was making an alphabet soup with the New Deal, yet he was afraid to lose one demographic in exchange for one anti-lynching law. Lastly, women were severely discriminated against in the workforce and in several

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