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FDR's Third Term: Vox Populi (Pathfinder Magazine, 1940)

Here are the results of PATHFINDER MAGAZINE's 1940 poll concerning FDR's controversial run for a third term. The pollsters were interested in discovering the voter's thoughts on the third term as a concept for future presidents - rather than gaining a better understanding as to the popularity of President Roosevelt.

The poll considered the opinions of citizens who voted for FDR in 1936 and those who sided with Republican Alf Landon in the same election. They concluded that 68.6% of poll's participants were against a third presidential term.

 

Integrating the Home Front (Collier's 1941)

Although the Roosevelt administration believed that integrating the armed forces was far too risky a proposition during wartime, it did take one important step to insure that fair hiring practices were followed by all businesses that held defense contracts with the Federal government; during the summer of 1941, while American industry was still fulfilling its roll as "the arsenal of democracy", a Federal law was passed that criminalized racist hiring practices. The attached editorial from COLLIER"S MAGAZINE applauded the President for doing the right thing.

Read an anti-Gandhi article from 1921...

 

The Alphabet Bureaucrats (New Outlook Magazine, 1934)

"It would be difficult to select the typical New Deal bureau. In not a few there is considerable friction between different degrees and elements of thought as to how far the New Deal should really go... The program is so vast, the limits of its intent so completely shrouded in the vague phraseology of the new idealism, that there appears to be plenty of work for all. [For example] unwanted surplusses were found in the electrical power and appliance field. It was perceived that here was a case of 'under-consumption' on the part of American homeowners. How to solve the problem? With another bureau, of course. And so we have the EHFA - the Electric Home and Farm Authority."

In order to fund all these agencies plenty wampum would be needed - for that reason the New Dealers saw to it that taxes were cruelly high, which only stymied the economic recovery all the more; click here to read about that.

 

The Brain Trusters (New Outlook Magazine, 1934)

A year and a half into FDR's first term, journalist William E. Berchtold caught wind of "a growing realization in Washington that most of the 'emergency' legislation will become permanent". This didn't bother him nearly as much as the fact that such imperishability also meant that the host of beta males who were positioned to maintain this behemoth would also be remaining (History has taught us that it was not FDR's alphabet agencies that became a mainstay, but those of LBJ).

The group that advised FDR on all matters involving the African-American community was popularly known as "the Black Brain Trust"...

 

The Junior Brain Trusters (New Outlook, 1934)

"I have gathered my tools and my charts... I shall roll up my sleeves - make America over!"

-from Amazon:

"This was the motto to which the young folk began their work, nearly a thousand of them, which may be grouped for study purposes under the generic title, 'Junior Brain Trusters'. They were, for the most part, young men from the colleges and universities of the larger eastern cities.... Many of them came as protégés of the Senior Brain Trusters themselves, brought from the classrooms by [Guy] Tugwell, [Raymond Charles] Moley, [Felix] Frankfurter - Professor Frankfurter being especially successful in drafting students and recent graduates from the Harvard Law School."

 

FDR's Alphabet Agencies (Pathfinder Magazine, 1934)

Listed herein are the sixty-two alphabet agencies as they existed in 1934. More were on their way and, as this article makes quite clear, a good number of them were created by the Hoover administration. If you're looking for an article indicating that Hoover and Roosevelt had similar approaches to governance, this might be a good place to start.

 


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