Youth rights first emerged as a distinct issue in the 1930. The Great Depression kick started the radicalization and politicization of undergraduates for the first time. Youth Rights first began to emerge through the National Student League, and were furthered greatly when young people across the country banded together to form the American Youth Congress. Concerned with many issues of the times, this organization went so far as to present a Declaration of the Rights of American Youth to the U.S. Congress. The group was so successful that its executive director claimed that it was "a sort of a student brain of the New Deal." While their campaigns led to the development of the National Youth Administration in the late 1930s, it was stopped cold in the 1940s as the group was labeled communist by Joseph McCarthy.