Essay on The Success of the New Deal

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The Success of the New Deal Was the New Deal a success? The new deal was a success felt by many Americans, there was prosperity and for the first time hope for a better future. There were a lot of successes in the new deal, unemployment being one of the biggest, was brought down from nearly 13 million to just under 8 million. Millions of long-term jobs were created using alphabet agencies. For the first time in American history a welfare state was introduced, millions of people received relief, often food, shelter and clothing. Emergency relief certainly stopped people from starving. The government created social security and welfare schemes for the benefit of the many ordinary people…show more content…
This was a success only to the workers. Farmers had been hit a lot harder than most in the 20's and past the Wall Street crash, the new deal did much to improve the lives of American farmers, especially those with large farms. By the mid-1930's farmers incomes were rising, this was mainly thanks to Federal government created alphabet agencies. The new deal did much to raise the morale and confidence of many Americans. Many began to believe in themselves again. Few turned to extreme Communist or Fascist groups. Roosevelt had increased the role of the federal government in America. It became much more involved in people's lives. Most Americans now accepted that the federal government had a role to play in making sure the weaker sections of society - the unemployed, the homeless, the old and the poor - were looked after. Roosevelt's own background of disability meant that he could sympathise with the disadvantaged in American society. He was determined to help the unemployed, the disabled and the elderly in his policies. However, there were still a number of people who weren't enjoying the excitement on the road to recovery. Unemployment was reduced by a considerable amount but was not ended. The various schemes had limited impact. Some said they did not provide "real" jobs and the moment government ceased to pay, the jobs would
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