Labor Studies Forum

Public Policy in the New Deal
In this forum, you will have an opportunity to investigate a variety of New Deal legislation that changed the economic situation of average Americans and the operation of the economy itself. As a result, income inequality declined markedly in the 1930s and federal government assumed a new role of preventing or alleviating economic depression. This is an example of public policy in action.

Below is a list of laws or policy initiatives from the 1930s. Each student should use the web to learn about one law and its implementation, and then summarize what it was and what its impact was by Thursday of this week. Please use your own words in the summary – do not just cut and paste from the web. Put the name of the policy first in your post so others can see what you are writing about. Note: Some laws/agencies have been grouped together for logical reasons even though they were enacted sequentially.

New Deal Laws and Public Policies:

National Industrial Recovery Act and the National Recovery Administration (NRA)
Securities Act of 1933 and the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission)
Works Progress Administration (later renamed Works Project Administration)
Wagner Act, aka National Labor Relations Act
Fair Labor Standards Act
Social Security Act
Glass-Steagall Act
Suspension of the Gold Standard and then the Gold Reserve Act
Tennessee Valley Administration
Civilian Conservation Corp.
Agricultural Adjustment Act (1933 and 1938)
National Youth Administration

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