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By 1932 one-fourth of the nation's workforce was unemployed. FDR assumed office on March 4,1933 and after assuring a nation that "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself"he promised "action, and action now." During the 100 Days he offered up a barrage of ideas and programs unlike anything known in American history. At a time when Americans were drawn to ideologies of all sorts he arrived with no committments but to "try something." The New Deal was a revolution from above which prevented a revolution from below. PRELIMINARY SYLLABUS CLASS * READINGS* September 17 Chapter One and Handout “Something Should Be Done” 2. September 24 Chapter Two and Handout “The Great Crash” 3. October 1 Handouts “Congress Investigates” The Pecora Hearings 4. October 8 Chapters Three, Four, and Handout 5. October 15 Chapters Five, Six, and Handout 6. October 22 Chapter Seven, and Handouts “Worst Hard Time” and “The 100 Days” 7. October 29 Chapters Eight, Nine, and Handout 8. November 5 Chapter Ten and “Voices of Protest” 8. November 12 Handouts “Hard Times” and “Dear Mrs. Roosevelt” 9. November 19 Chapter Eleven and “The Forgotten Man” 10. November 26 Chapter Twelve and “The Coming of the New Deal” December 3 Chapters Thirteen, Fourteen, Fifteen 12. December 10 Handouts and Film *All Chapter pertain to our assigned text: The Great Depression by Robert S. McElvaine
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