Robert F. Wagner

Wagner & FDR

This is the Democratic Senator (1877-1953) who brought you the 1935 Wagner Act; a fellow Democrat noted that "The New Deal owed as much to Robert Wagner as to Franklin Roosevelt.” Wagner pushed particularly hard for the right of workers to bargain collectively through independent unions, for minimum standards for wages, hours, and working conditions, and for establishment of the Public Works Administration, which was to provide public jobs for the unemployed through deficit spending by the government, and thus, the theory ran, end the Depression by increasing consumption.

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