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A. The new deal was a success(TM) to what extent do you agree with this statement.

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A. 'The new deal was a success' to what extent do you agree with this statement. The New Deal had both its successes and its failures; on one hand it can argue that the New Deal was a success and on the other hand it did have serious weaknesses and failings and could be argued a failure. Roosevelt however tried to tackle the problem of unemployment with the 'New Deal' which was more than what the last president had done. This still leaves us the quest was the New Deal a success. From the collapse of the Wall Street in 1929 to 1932, to Americans it appears as though Hoover; the republican president did nothing or little to help the situation. People had the view that at least Roosevelt was actually doing something and they hoped for a positive change, this gave America a little bit more confidence. Many people who had been badly affected by the depression had labelled their homes as 'Hoovervilles' in distaste to Hoover. ...read more.


However the failures of the 'New Deal', may be considered greater that the successes. The 'New Deal' was not as strong as it could have been which left room for weaknesses and failings. The 'New Deal' did not end the depression, Roosevelt wanted to have reasonable interest rates and a balanced budget, but his schemes could have been thought to continue it. He spent lots of money on providing people with government jobs, but not permanent and stable ones. He wanted Hoover's schemes only much, much bigger. Yet by 1935 he had failed to end unemployment as just over 20% of the population were unemployed. Although it fell to 14.3% in 1937, when Roosevelt cut back on the governments expenditure in 1938 it rose again to 19% of the population. Roosevelt didn't know how to end the depression, no one did, and Roosevelt made the situation not as bad as it might have been. ...read more.


The 'New Deal' did not solve unemployment but simply made the situation not as bad as it might have been. In conclusion I think that the 'New Deal's' weaknesses and failings balance out the successes that they did have. Roosevelt failed to get rid of unemployment as he only made temporary jobs for the government rather than a factory which everyone could have benefited from. He failed to have complete equal rights for everyone, however he did manage to restore the faith of the American people, the 'New Deal' was also a huge social and economic program which hadn't been possible before Roosevelt's time. He managed to relieve the nation and reform it; he managed to stabilize the banking system too. Roosevelt definitely improved America, his plans were to big and he spent too much money on temporary things, meaning that the 'New Deal' would work for a while, which it did, but it could not have been a long term solution. ...read more.

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