FDR and Rose-Coloured Glasses

A historian pal of mine posted this on FB so I thought I would share this corrective about the rose coloured glasses people wear when they praise FDR as opposed to more recent Democrats

Historians have sometimes romanticized FDR as a vanguard social democrat. He did employ his alphabet agencies that had some salutary effects, sure. CCC employed African American men, his NIRA protected unions (but gutted their rights to collective bargaining), etc. but what many “progressives” forget is that FDR saved American corporate capitalism! His rhetoric was firey. And his Congress imposed some regulations on banking. But he was no socialist.

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I am an anthropologist and Associate Professor who loves to play guitar and comment on social injustice in whatever form it may take
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