HISTORIC UNITED STATES CONGRESS (HUSC):
AGENDA: DISCUSSING THE POLICY CHANGES NEEDED TO FINALLY RESOLVE THE GREAT DEPRESSION. “Death was a friend, and sleep was Death’s brother” – John Steinbeck, the Grapes of Wrath The Great Depression was one of the largest concentrations of collective misfortune in history. While you’ll find plenty worse, it rarely seems like any factor contributing to humanity’s suffering is quite as inexplicable as economic laws. Is the loss found in an economic downturn as inevitable as it seems? Or are the dangers of a recession caused by human error? With the right management, could the worst of the Great Depression have remained comparatively painless? What are the tools and principles the United States would have needed to alleviate the crisis if World War 2 hadn’t brought the pathway to full employment so readily? Was blockading FDR’s further reform by the Houses a fortunate policy or a misguided, if not ill-motivated attempt to preserve a dysfunctional status quo? Furthermore, are the policies of the New Deal partly responsible for the basis of future economic fallouts like the 2008 Financial crisis as it’s often thought? The best way to find out is to look back.
Presenting the 1938 session of the Historic United States Congress.