And now it's up to me to choose which way I'm going to go.
So I think I'm actually going to choose the conservative side here because I think it's just a tiny bit more convincing.
And if you're wondering why I think it's a tiny bit more convincing, I think the part about Eleanor Roosevelt being an advocate for race and Frances Perkins being a visible woman in a government cabinet, they to me don't seem like maybe substantive changes.
They seem maybe like they're a little bit more like figure heads like things went well for this one person or maybe just a tiny group of people, but in the grand scheme of things it wasn't that big of a change. You may decide that you would have written an article about how radical the New Deal was, but I'm going to do an example of a conservative argument about the New Deal. So we've decided that we think that the New Deal was ultimately conservative.
So I think it really tears down a long standing stereotype in the United States that the wealthy deserve to be wealthy and the poor deserve to be poor, this is a very popular notion in the gilded age.
And instead says, "You know, sometimes bad things happen to good people." It's not everyone's fault if there's a depression because we couldn't have stopped it.And that certainly wasn't the case in many other countries in the time period. So again we're looking at things that seem like they might be radical.And you could say, "It seems like Frances Perkins and Eleanor Roosevelt "are women that have established a real presence "in the government." And you could say that, "New Deal programs did employ many African Americans "and at the national level were not intended "to be discriminatory." But you could say, "At the local level administrators are often preventing "African Americans and other minorities from getting jobs." And you could also say that, "A lot of the New Deal programs "were really definitely intended for men." And you could, for example, say, "The Civilian Conservation Core was a program only "for young men." So women are often booted out of these jobs or they're not even actually eligible for them in the first place.It might even seem radical that FDR had this kind of first 100 days thing where he said, "I'm going to achieve so much in my first 100 days."I'm going to hit the ground running." So that seems like a very different form of government than what you might have had in the 1920s.In fact you can even say that FDR is such a active President, right?Mean he is bringing a force of personality and also governing ability to this role that really hadn't been established that much except for, you know, a few people say Lincoln or Teddy Roosevelt.So it does seem like he's changing the office of President quite a bit, but in fact it's really conservative because they're not throwing the baby out with the bathwater, right.They're saying that essentially the democratic system works, and you can even compare the American government with governments in other parts of the world right now.And there's also a new sense that being wealthy is not something that's necessarily deserved, right.That there's an element of chance that goes into your economic status.