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Volume 6  Number 4  •  Spring 2002
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An Ambivalent Legacy: Black Americans and the Political Economy of the New Deal
By Paul Moreno
This article appeared in the Spring 2002 issue of The Independent Review

The New Deal brought a sweeping political realignment as African Americans shifted allegiance from the GOP, their historic home since Reconstruction, to the Democratic Party. Despite the New Deal’s popularity, however, its policies seldom helped and often hindered black progress.