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The Forgotten Men and the NRA <br />(Literary Digest, 1935)The Forgotten Men and the NRA
(Literary Digest, 1935)
"A long program of suggested remedial legislation lies ahead of the 7,500 representatives of the people who gather this year in the halls of Congress and of all but four State Legislatures. The NRA (National Recovery Administration) will come under the closest scrutiny. As the old year waned, the NIRA (National Industrial Recovery Act)was being attacked and defended."

Click here to see a chart concerning the U.S. urban murder rate between the years 1926 - 1936.

In 1934, the NRA went to Hollywood and performed a task it was not legally obligated to do; click here to read about it...

The Flaws of the NRA <br />(Collier's Magazine, 1933)The Flaws of the NRA
(Collier's Magazine, 1933)
An excerpt from a longer article by Winston Churchill in which he praised the virtues of the Anglo-American alliance and the economic leadership forged by the two nations during the Depression. Four paragraphs are devoted to the confusion he experienced when stopping to consider some of President Roosevelt's economic decisions and the roll played by his National Recovery Administration (NRA).

Like many presidents before and after him, FDR purchased many of his clothes from Brooks Brothers; click here to read about the history of the store.

The NRA Shows Its Teeth <br />(Pathfinder Magazine, 1933)The NRA Shows Its Teeth
(Pathfinder Magazine, 1933)
The National Recovery Administration (1933 - 1935) was just one of the many alphabet agencies that the FDR administration created; his critics at the time, like the historians today, all believed that it was one of the well-meaning Federal efforts that simply prolonged the the Great Depression.

This is 1933 editorial addressed the various violation codes (there were 500 of them) and punishments that the Federal Government was prepared to dish out to all businesses wishing to defy any of the assorted labor laws and price-fixing measures that the NRA was designed to enforce.

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The Blue Eagle <br />(Pathfinder Magazine, 1934)The Blue Eagle
(Pathfinder Magazine, 1934)
"Blue Eagle, symbol of the National [Industrial] Recovery Act, is probably one of the best known figures in the country today. Gripping bolts of lightening and a cog wheel in its claws it now hovers over 95 percent of industrial America advertising the success of the first major move of the New Deal... With only one year behind it, it has brought about the cooperation of 2,300,000 employers and 60,000,000 consumers."

- so runs the introductory paragraph for this 1934 article that marked the first anniversary of the National Recovery Administration. This short-lived agency was the brainchild of FDR's administration that was shot down by the Supreme Court in 1935. Although this article is filled with praise for the NRA, it would not be very long before the editors of PATHFINDER MAGAZINE assumed a more suspicious approach when reporting on this president's efforts to repair the damaged economy.

More on NRA problems can be read here...

The Problem With Codes <br />(New Outlook, 1934)The Problem With Codes
(New Outlook, 1934)
The End of the NRA <br />(Pathfinder Magazine, 1937)The End of the NRA
(Pathfinder Magazine, 1937)
During the Spring of 1935 the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously proclaimed FDR's National Recovery Administration null and void - and the names of some 5,300 of its Washington, D.C. functionaries were immediately entered onto the unemployment list. All except one: Diana Rogovin; she was the "sole survivor" of the bureaucracy. To her fell the task of dotting the i's and crossing the t's as the great ship went down. She completed her last duty in February of 1937.

Hugh S. Johnson of the NRA <br />(Literary Digest, 1937)Hugh S. Johnson of the NRA
(Literary Digest, 1937)
Published some time after the demise of the NRA, this article presents a thumbnail profile of Hugh S. Johnson (1882 1942), FDR's fair-haired boy who ran that shop from start to finish. He was once again in the news after having compared the New Deal to a fascist dictatorship during the Fall of 1937.