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.

Paul Moreno is an assistant professor of history at Hillsdale College.
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