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The Great Depression - National Recovery Administration


The Forgotten Men and the NRA (Literary Digest, 1935)

"A long program of suggested remedial legislation lies ahead of the 7,500 representatives of the people who gather this year in the halls of Congress and of all but four State Legislatures. The NRA (National Recovery Administration) will come under the closest scrutiny. As the old year waned, the NIRA (National Industrial Recovery Act)was being attacked and defended."

Click here to see a chart concerning the U.S. urban murder rate between the years 1926 - 1936.

In 1934, the NRA went to Hollywood and performed a task it was not legally obligated to do; click here to read about it...

 

The Problem With Codes (New Outlook, 1934)

 

The Blue Eagle (Pathfinder Magazine, 1934)

"Blue Eagle, symbol of the National [Industrial] Recovery Act, is probably one of the best known figures in the country today. Gripping bolts of lightening and a cog wheel in its claws it now hovers over 95 percent of industrial America advertising the success of the first major move of the New Deal... With only one year behind it, it has brought about the cooperation of 2,300,000 employers and 60,000,000 consumers."

- so runs the introductory paragraph for this 1934 article that marked the first anniversary of the National Recovery Administration. This short-lived agency was the brainchild of FDR's administration that was shot down by the Supreme Court in 1935. Although this article is filled with praise for the NRA, it would not be very long before the editors of PATHFINDER MAGAZINE assumed a more suspicious approach when reporting on this president's efforts to repair the damaged economy.

More on NRA problems can be read here...

 

The Flaws of the N.R.A. (Collier's Magazine, 1933)

An excerpt from a longer article by Winston Churchill in which he praised the virtues of the Anglo-American alliance and the economic leadership forged by the two nations during the Depression. Four paragraphs are devoted to the confusion he experienced when stopping to consider some of President Roosevelt's economic decisions and the roll played by his National Recovery Administration (NRA).

Like many presidents before and after him, FDR purchased many of his clothes from Brooks Brothers; click here to read about the history of the store.

 

The End of the NRA (Pathfinder Magazine, 1937)

During the Spring of 1935 the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously proclaimed FDR's National Recovery Administration null and void - and the names of some 5,300 of its Washington, D.C. functionaries were immediately entered onto the unemployment list. All except one: Diana Rogovin; she was the "sole survivor" of the bureaucracy. To her fell the task of dotting the i's and crossing the t's as the great ship went down. She completed her last duty in February of 1937.

 

 
 
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