Through the years of the 1930s to the 1950s, the federal state expanded drastically and had many effects on citizenship. During these times, America was facing the Great Depression, one the roughest times in American History. America was also facing many years of wartime through those years, which led to both problems and solutions for citizens. The federal state expanded from the workings of both the First and Second New Deal, the economic impact resulting from World War 2,and from the G.I. Bill.
Roosevelt’s New Deal was a series of federal programs launched in 1933 in attempt to restore America’s economy from the Great Depression. By 1932, the worst year of the Depression, more than 13 million workers were unemployed, about 25 percent…show more content… World War 2 also had a huge impact economically on America. Like stated in Roosevelt’s Four Freedom Speech, Roosevelt felt it was necessary to revamp America’s national defense in case of the worse case scenario. He wanted to increase the United States’ armaments to better prepare incase of a war. Because of World War 2, America was in need of building manufacturing facilities, which heightened the demand for labor. Proprietors were forced to raise wages and other benefits to try and get people to work. Because of the men leaving to fight in the war, women had to replace a lot of men. Between 1940 and 1945, the female percentage of the U.S. workforce increased from 27 percent to nearly 37 percent, and by 1945 nearly one out of every four married women worked outside the home. Clearly, World War 2 had a huge impact on the American economy.
Lastly, the G.I. Bill expanded the federal state by building the middle class and improving the Democratic Party. The G.I. Bill is an act that was passed in 1944 that gave World War 2 veteran’s funds for medical care, unemployment insurance, higher education, and housing. White southerners opposed the G.I. Bill because it helped African Americans gain equality with white Americans. The black