African Americans suffered more than whites, since their jobs were often taken away from them and given to whites. In 1930, 50 percent of blacks were unemployed. However, Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of the president, championed black rights, and New Deal programs prohibited discrimination.
Discrimination continued in the South, however, and, as a result, a large number of black voters switched from the Republican to the Democrat party
The Great Depression and the New Deal changed forever the relationship between Americans and their government. Government involvement and responsibility in caring for the needy and regulating the economy came to be expected. Unfortunately, government intervention backfired and set up America for a system that was destined to fail.