Bill of Rights Institute eLesson—The First Hundred Days

In early 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt promised the American people that his administration would act to solve the economic crisis of the Great Depression that gripped the nation. Roosevelt proposed a “New Deal”-a sweeping agenda of legislation that made its way through Congress to his desk. As a result, Roosevelt created the precedent for the modern presidency that his successors would seek to achieve their most important goals in the “first hundred days.” This lesson will explore the impact of “first hundred days” on the presidency and constitutional system.

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