November 26th, 2002

Thesis Help

Can anyone tell me if the below thesis looks OK?


After the onset of the Great Depression and the failure of the Hoover Administration’s half-hearted and ultimately insufficient efforts to halt the economic contraction, most Americans came to agree that the American economic system badly needed reform. However, despite this general consensus, the ambitious New Deal of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s first term once again raised the long-standing debate of what it was to be American. Already, over the previous half-century, the United States had been utterly transformed from its relatively parochial roots into a leading industrial economy with a predominantly urbanized population that was one of the most ethnically and religiously diverse populations in the world. Now, with the onset of the Great Depression and the seeming unprecedented interventionism of the New Deal, the one element that had remained a constant during this period–the United States’ vibrant and energetic capitalistic economy–seemed threatened. Many observers feared that the implementation of the radical New Deal would destroy the American economy. In fact, despite appearances the New Deal was an inherently conservative plan, implemented by FDR with the strictly limited intent of introducing enough flexibility into the American economic system to prevent not only a further deterioration in standards of living, but the destabilization of the American political system. Many of the institutions and policies of the New Deal, in fact, developed from initiatives of Roosevelt’s oft-contrasted predecessor Herbert Hoover.


I've got too much to write.

Fortunately, while I sent out the wired money and bought some 1-cent stamps for a co-workers, I also bought two Grabbajabba cups of coffee.

(Four more and I'll get one free. On top of the one free I've already got.)

At least I'll get some work done while I'm up in the children's library, between my extant work.