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The Great Depression and World War II

Its strengths, encompassing the indispensable worker protection rights listed above, could not help but be offset by its weaknesses, which compromised the ability of the common worker to wriggle out from under the weight of big business.

Another attempt by FDR to make good on his vision for economic recovery came in the form of the Agricultural Adjustment Act, which incentivized farmers to better balance agricultural supply against consumer demand. This meant reducing production in order to maintain higher prices. FDR assumed that farmers would benefit by such a measure because it encouraged a lower overhead and a higher price. In this, once again the strength of a New Deal policy appeared to provide a much needed relief. However, like the NRA, the AAA had its downside as well, as farm laborers and tenant farmers were made unnecessary by its provisions. Land-owning farmers, having reduced their output, had less need for labor, and adjusted their practices accordingly. In spite of raising gross farm income by 50% and commodity prices by 66%, the Supreme Court also ruled against the AAA in 1936 (Polenberg 11-12).

As Polenberg aptly summarizes, "by the end of his first term in office...

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