Alphabet Soup: FDR's Solution to the Miseries of the Great Depression

From 1929 to 1939, the United States, the richest nation in the world, suffered from unheard of high unemployment, dangerous public unrest and a plummeting economy due to a severe economic collapse. President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal, myriad programs dubbed “Alphabet Soup,” was meant to mitigate the effects of the decade long Great Depression. 

These programs not only rescued the economy, but also forever changed the relationship between the American people and the federal government. Thus, the three R’s of the New Deal – Reform, Relief and Recovery – created the regulatory state, increased economic security for a broad swath of Americans, and laid the foundations for a national welfare policy. The Social Security Act of 1935 acts as a guidepost to discuss the proper role of the government. 

Course Facilitator: Marilyn Scheer, (360) 933-4913 

Instructor: Dr. June Hopkins 

Registration Deadline: Thursday, April 16, 2020

At a Glance

Thursdays - 3 Sessions
Apr 23, 30; 
May 7, 2020

1 - 3 p.m. 

Bellingham Cruise Terminal 


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