I’ve heard of the New Deal, but what was the Square Deal, and how did it affect Americans?
The New Deal was what President Franklin D. Roosevelt dubbed his first plan for economic relief during the Depression. The Square Deal was President Theodore Roosevelt’s vision some 30 years before the Depression. Theodore Roosevelt put forth this idealistic view of labor relations, citizenship, and parenthood after a major mining strike was settled in 1902. He advocated the peaceful coexistence of big business and labor unions. To find out how it affected Americans, you’ll have to do some reading on labor relations in the early part of this century.