Help and Hope for Trying Times
FDR and his advisors knew that rebuilding the nation would require both reforming the economy and tending to the needs of struggling Americans. “We cannot be content, no matter how high that general standard of living may be, if some fraction of our people—whether it be one-third or one-fifth or one-tenth—is ill-fed, ill-clothed, ill-housed, and insecure,” FDR said. He challenged Congress to enact an Economic Bill of Rights. The New Deal again has taken center stage, offering help and hope for these trying times.