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.