Domestic and Foreign Policies Essay

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Domestic and Foreign Policies

Throughout our history, many policies have been made to deal with domestic or

foreign issues or conflicts. One example of domestic policies were the reforms FDR

created called the New Deal. An example of a foreign policy was that of containment

used after WW2.

In the 1930's our country and many others around the world went through a

financial depression. The Depression was mostly attributed to the stock market crash in

1929. President Hoover who served before FDR tried numerous things to try and help

cure the depression. But by the time FDR was elected in, the depression was still very

much present. FDR was open to many different ideas to try and fix the economy.
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FDR was undoubtedly one of the best leaders our country has seen, but it wasn't

so easy for him. Two of the programs Roosevelt instituted were declared unconstitutional

by the Supreme Court. The National Recovery Administration enabled codes that called

for, or encouraged businesses to agree upon fair prices. One business complained that

these codes were too much like laws. Therefore, the NRA gave legislative power to the

president that he shouldn't have had. The supreme court declared the administration

unconstitutional. A similar case was brought to the supreme court. It said that the codes

that went along with the Agricultural Adjustment Act that had required a tax were also

unconstitutional. In response to the supreme court rulings FDR tried to raise the number

of judges that sit in the supreme court from 9 to 15. He wanted to appoint justices that

shared the same views as his on. The congress didn't approve of the plan.

Directly following world war two the United States and the Soviet Union emerged

as the two super powers of the world. Although the two countries were allies during the

war, after the war they were common enemies. The U.S. strongly apposed the political

advances the Soviet Union was making. Directly after World War 2, The Soviet Union

was quickly supporting communist revolutions within the nations of Eastern
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