Elsa Medhin
Mary McLeod Bethune - FDR Seminar
C. My name is Mary McLeod Bethune. I founded the Daytona Normal and Industrial Institute in 1904, which later became Bethune-Cookman College. I also founded the National Council of Negro Women in 1935. (Online source) My connection to this seminar is that I consulted wit Franklin Roosevelt and he appointed me as director Director of the Division of Negro Affairs of the National Youth Administration. I was the highest ranked African American in the Roosevet Administration. (Bailey 834)

1. Franklin Roosevelt treated others equally and gave everyone the equal opportunity to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. In my opinion FDR was a respectable man towards African Americans like me. He recognized my strong leadership skills and appointed me as one his colleagues. In a sense, raising my pedestal up to his level compared to the typical wealthy, white man hierocracy. (City Upon A Hill)

2. FDR did not violate separation of powers by making the president too powerful at the expense of Congress/legislative branch and the Supreme Court/judicial branch.

3. No FDR did not violate the 10th Amendment by making national government too powerful at the expense of the state governments

4. FDR's presidency did not harm the economy by supporting the incorrect number/place on the economic systems spectrum. Many people blamed FDR's New Deal program but WWII was truly at fault for the depression that struck during that time. It actually boosted work demand and stirred up social reforms.


6. Franklin Roosevelt fulfilled its alleged mission of making the United States a "City Upon a Hill". FDR aimed to transform the economy after Hoover's term and did so by experimenting with the New Deal. Overall, he had hopes in transforming the United States into a role model society for others to follow. Also giving people like me, an African American women, a role in his service shows Roosevelt wasn't like the other...

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