Backlash by Robert Shogan
The Killing of the New Deal

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On election night 1936, Franklin D. Roosevelt was sitting on top of the political world. Within a year, two seismic events would transform the political landscape. A nationwide outbreak of labor unrest, particularly the spread of a new and potent union weapon, the sit-down strike, and FDR's launching of a scheme to overhaul the Supreme Court would combine to generate a fierce public backlash that tarnished Roosevelt's mystique and drained the lifeblood from the New Deal. This is the engrossing story that Robert Shogan relates so compellingly in Backlash.

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Robert Shogan has also written The Double-Edged Sword, The Fate of the Union, Hard Bargain, Riddle of Power, Bad News, Constant Conflict, and The Battle of Blair Mountain. A former prizewinning national political correspondent for Newsweek and Los Angeles Times, he now lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
Published July 20, 2006 by Ivan R. Dee. 288 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Although Roosevelt was re-elected for two more terms, his capacity for creating, inspiring and passing the type of social programs set in place during his first term remained diminished, some would argue fatally so.

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Robert Shogan has a different “killing of the New Deal” in mind, however, namely that of the New Deal’s zeitgeist of policy activism and “bold, persistent experimentation.” By August 1935, virtually all of the landmark New Deal programs had been enacted, and Franklin D.

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