Jenny Bristol, Homeschooling Parent, Writer, and Editor
Parts of the Second New Deal began in 1935, pushed forth by Congress and President Franklin Roosevelt's (FDR) administration. Many of the programs we think of when we think of the New Deal happened in this second wave, including the Works Progress Administration (WPA), the Federal Art Project, the Farm Security Administration, the Rural Electrification Administration, the National Labor Relations Act, and the Social Security Act, among others. These solutions were bold moves by the administration who decided that more action was necessary to help the economy and help families in need.
On October 31, 1936, President Roosevelt made a speech, on the eve of the election, responding to those critics who didn't feel that the programs from the First New Deal programs had done enough. In that speech, which can be read online, FDR discussed his newer initiatives and the administration's continued efforts. He was re-elected for a second term shortly thereafter.