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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with George A. LeMaistre, April 29, 1985. Interview A-0358. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

Alabama politicians benefit from the New Deal

The New Deal gave Alabama politicians opportunities to help their constituents during the Great Depression, LeMaistre recalls.

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Oral History Interview with George A. LeMaistre, April 29, 1985. Interview A-0358. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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ALLEN J. GOING:
Then with the New Deal coming along, I think it gave impetus to this new blood idea in Alabama politics in general.
GEORGE A. LeMAISTRE:
Not only gave impetus to new blood, but it made possible for the new faces, new people to do something for their constituents. If you had been elected in 1930, you could stay on the floor of Congress the rest of your life and you wouldn't get an appropriation that would help Alabama. But after Roosevelt went in, some funds were voted like the Agricultural Adjustment Act, and things like that that really meant cash to constituents in Alabama.