On January 5, 1949, President Harry S. Truman announces, in his State of the Union address, that every American has a right to expect from our government a fair deal. In a reference to Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal policies, Truman announced his plans for domestic policy reforms …read more
Key Takeaways: The “Fair Deal”
- The “Fair Deal” was an aggressive agenda for social reform legislation proposed by President Harry Truman in January 1949.
- Truman had initially referred to this progressive domestic policy reform program as his “21-Points” plan after taking office in 1945.
- While Congress rejected many of Truman’s Fair Deal proposals, those that were enacted would pave the way for important social reform legislation in the future.
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