The Impact of Roosevelt's New Deal Essay

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Look deep within United States history to find its most significant molding element and one will find that its source stemmed from a great national crisis. At its highest extent, nearly one-fourth of its labor force was unemployed and American confidence in itself was deeply shaken. It is in studying the Great Depression and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal, that America’s most significant influential event can be found. The New Deal and its legacy had the largest impact on American society since the founding of the United States. The New Deal altered the political and social nature of the nation as well as preserved the fundamental capitalist nature of the American economy.
At the outset, the New Deal changed the
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In addition, the Tennessee Valley Authority would create a means by which the federal government would compete with private business, a most revolutionary concept.v

Furthermore, Degler maintains that proof of this fundamental change of the American psyche can be found in the permanence of some of the New Deal programs. He contends that in the 1950s the first Republican administration after the depression under Dwight Eisenhower did not turn back the reforms of the New Deal. Banking regulation, the TVA, SEC, and Social Security, among other programs are still in existence today and have become part of the American way of life. Still today, no political party aspiring to gain high office dares to repeal them.vi Leuchtenburg agrees with this point and suggests that the New Deal “altered the character of the State of America” vii

David Bennett, professor of history at Syracuse University, develops the argument further. He maintains that through the effects of the depression Americans recognized that social and economic problems required national political solutions and a national political responsibility. He claims that this is the single most important accomplishment of the New Deal. Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal may not have achieved its goal of delivering the United States out of the Depression but it did change Americans’ view of their national
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