Purpose: After reviewing farmers during the Great Depression and the relative success of President Roosevelt’s New Deal, you now turn your attention to criticism of the New Deal. The purpose of this exercise is to acquaint you with alternative proposals to provide assistance to needy Americans. It is an example of how Americans have the right and freedom to challenge national leaders and their policies. This unit’s assignment will build your abilities in comprehending competing economic plans, make informed analyses, and appreciate the rights Americans possess to be critical of their public leaders.

This assessment will also serve to verify your identity in this course. During the video you should hold your student or state-issued ID in front of the webcam for a few seconds – long enough so that your instructor can clearly see your photo and name. You can cover your address, ID number, or other identifying information with a post it note or sticker, but your face and name should be clear. This identification verification process is required to pass the course, and is in lieu of an in-person or virtually proctored exam.

Task: In this essay you are considering how and why the Long, Townsend, and Sinclair plans were attractive to the American public as an addition to the New Deal. Directly answer the question (what made the plans attractive?) and support your answer with analysis. Do not just write a descriptive narrative that explains the proposals.

Read each of these three proposals carefully, taking notes as you read of their main points and appeals. Additionally, read chapters 25 and 26 in the Open Stax textbook.

Compile your notes into an outline for a 3-page essay (of at least 5 paragraphs) in which you answer the following question:


Focus Questions – Keep these in mind while you read and take notes. Do not answer these questions directly, they are provided to stimulate your thinking on the assignment:

Did the New Deal adequately address the issues being considered?
How did each man publicize his program of relief?
Were any of these men prevented from presenting their proposals to the public?
Were these proposals popular with the American public? Why or why not?
Did President Roosevelt respond to each of the three proposals? If so, how?
Did Congress respond to each of the three proposals? If so, how?
How were these men viewed after making their proposals to the public?
Leave time to submit your essay to Tutor.com for feedback/review, which may help improve your grade. Depending on whether your instructor allows it, you may also be able to to submit your assignment to see your Turnitin Similarity score before it is due, and use that to make any necessary revisions.
Use 12 pt. font (Times New Roman), one inch margins, and double-space your essay. Your essay should be a minimum of three full pages, but feel free to write more. Use only the sources provided and be certain to cite all quotations.
Finally, record a brief (1-3 minute) video of yourself reflecting on what you’ve learned during this unit and through the process of writing your essay. Explain what you understand now that you didn’t before. Have your views changed because of this? Why or why not? Remember to start your video by showing your student or state-issued ID to the camera for at least a few seconds.
IMPORTANT: watch this video for instructions on how to best record your video directly within the assignment tool by using your computer’s webcam. Note you will need to make sure your Chrome or Firefox browser allows GoView access to record video. This method avoids long download times and protects everyone’s computer from infected files.
Submit your video and essay to the dropbox by the date indicated on the course calendar.

Chapters 25 and 26 in Open Stax;
Huey Longs Share Our Wealth from his own words in the U.S. Senate in May 1935;
Dr. Francis Townsends Old Age Revolving Pensions from the bill proposed in Congress in January 1935;
Upton Sinclairs End Poverty in California from an October 1934 article in Literary Digest.
In each document look specifically for the highlighted parts; that is where you should begin reading and studying the documents. In the Long document you are reading the part of his Congressional testimony where he outlines the provisions of his plan; in the Townsend document you are reading the wording of his proposed bill to Congress; and in the Sinclair document you are reading the article specifically about his plan.
File submissions: Please submit your file as a DOC.X or PDF file.

Criteria on which you will be graded: You will be successful in this assignment if you:

(a) offer a clear argument (thesis statement) about why these three proposals were appealing to Americans during this time;
(b) support that argument with strong subclaims as well as evidence from both the primary sources as well as the chapter texts; and
(c) demonstrate understanding of the primary sources through interpretation of well-chosen quotations.
This activity may use a different grading rubric than what was used in past activities. Be sure to check the grading rubric before starting.


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