The Critical Press and the New Deal: The Press Versus Presidential Power, 1933-1938

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Praeger, 1993 - 198 pages
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This book challenges generally accepted views by concluding that the critical press, so often characterized by pro-New Deal historians as conservative or reactionary, was in fact a good deal more liberal than Roosevelt and his advisors. Without its opposition to Roosevelt's policies during the years before Congress began to reassert its constitutional responsibilities, the United States might well have deviated considerably from the path of constitutional and democractic government.

From 1933 to 1938 the critical press (both newspapers and journalists) fulfilled much of the function of (and perceived of itself as) the equivalent of a parliamentary opposition to Roosevelt's policies and programs, since this was a period when the Republican opposition was moribund and Congress was generally submissive to the executive branch. Best describes the reaction of the critical press to FDR's domestic policies toward enhancement of the power of the White House at the expense of Congress and the Supreme Court. This enhancement gradually led many in the press to conclude that the basis for dictatorial rule was being laid by Roosevelt and/or those around him. This study will be of interest to historians and students of history.

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The Use and Misuse of the Press I 1
The Honeymoon of the Hundred Days
Increasing Doubts

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GARY DEAN BEST is a Professor of History at the University of Hawaii at Hilo./e He has published a number of books, including Pride, Prejudice, and Politics: Roosevelt versus Recovery, 1933-1938, and FDR and the Bonus Marchers, 1933-1935, both with Praeger.

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