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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!"

"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.


He was a Dirty Campaigner... (Collier's Magazine, 1952)

FDR's predecessor, Herbert Hoover, wrote a series of articles concerning his own presidency that appeared on the pages of COLLIER'S MAGAZINE throughout the spring of 1952. The sixth installment was devoted to his 1932 reelection bid against FDR and the Roosevelt Hoover remembered was an under-handed campaigner who surrounded himself with liars and all sorts of other aids and speechwriters who took liberties with the truth in all matter's involving the record of Hoover's administration.

CLICK HERE to read about President Hoover and the Bonus Army...


The GIs Hear About the Death of President Roosevelt (Yank Magazine, 1945)

Gathered from all the various battlefronts around the globe, the attached article serves as a archive of spontaneous reactions uttered by a smattering of stunned GIs when they heard that President Roosevelt had died:

"Pvt. Howard McWaters of Nevada City, California, just released from the hospital and waiting to go back to the Americal Division, shook his head slowly. 'Roosevelt made a lot of mistakes,' he said. 'But I think he did the best he could, and when he made mistakes he usually admitted it. Nobody could compare with him as President.'"

Click here to read about President Harry Truman...


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