Although this theory may seem groundbreaking and shocking, it should also seem natural that a man who studied at Harvard during the Progressive Era would be highly influenced in his political decisions by the ideology of the Progressives. H...
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...urt Packing Plan seemed to influence the Supreme Court in favor of the New Deal, as the constitutionality of both the Wagner Act and the Social Security Act was upheld (Brinkley 708).
Second, while the reforms of the Progressive movement targeted numerous different cohorts of American citizens, was never considered a coherent program, and did not posses a common goal, the New Deal was created for the assistance of the American population in general. Nearly every American citizen felt the effects of the stock market crash of 1929 and the resulting depression in some way. Many people lost their jobs, as the national unemployment rate skyrocketed to its all-time high of nearly twenty percent, with specific communities suffering even greater, as the unemployment rate in Cleveland, Akron, and Toledo were fifty percent, sixty percent, and eighty percent respectively.
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