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(a) Explain the main features of The New Deal. THE NEW Deal was drafted in as a new era for the USA in 1933, it was further developed through the 30's into what became a significant movement in US history. The brand new President at the time, Franklin D. Roosevelt, introduced The New Deal to the USA with mixed reactions. The New Deal and FDR's first 100 days as President Elect introduced The New Deal with a firm set of policies and ideas. "Relief, recovery and reform" was one of the main principles of The New Deal. It was to relieve the unemployed and the homeless after The Great Depression [1929's "Wall Street Crash"], and the second New Deal [1934-1940] was focused upon reforming and rejuvenating the USA preventing further mishaps. The idea of government involvement was one played up by The New Deal; Democrats in power brought new shape and ideas to how things ran. This was the main reason behind The New Deal, to relieve the country, then to recover it and bring it into reformation, The New Deal was a revolution in American History. One famous saying: "Action and action now" echoed through the supposed intentions of The New Deal, it was a revolution. Roosevelt's plans and ideas were colossal in number; his main priority was to "put banks in a secure footing". He had to renew his faith in the Capitalist banking system; he had to encourage people to invest in the industry. ...read more.

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Prohibition was another problem the USA had to cope with in the 20's, the banning of all sales and production of alcohol in the USA. Problems were further made by prohibitions as speakeasies came about, illegal production distribution and sales of alcohol were being made through the blind eye of the law, and crime rates were up, it even caused health problems due to unsanitary conditions in which the alcohol was produced. There were many political problems throughout the 20's, The Red Scare; there was communism, capitalism, The Palmer raids. These problems were all stuck in the mind of Roosevelt; these past problems were what he aimed to put a stop to with his New Deal, as obviously his vision of America's future was gloomy, he saw these events of the 20's reoccurring in the 30's, and who knows, that may have happened, but Roosevelt's New Deal was there to prevent it. The very phrase personifies it: "The New Deal" - the main aim was to revolutionise the USA and stop further mishaps of the 20's reoccurring. (c) "The New Deal was not a complete success" - explain how far you agree with this statement. 1932 SAW Franklin Delano Roosevelt voted into power and by the time 1933 came he had jumped in with both feet; The New Deal was a revolutionary movement and time period for the USA throughout the 30's. Starting in 1933, The New Deal aimed to relieve the USA and absorb the impact of the Depression and various other problems ...read more.

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The press and newspaper owners, journalists, as they do today, also did then, in picking faults at politics, accusing Roosevelt of his socialist acts even the word "communism" sprung up in reference to the president. As well as that there was left wing opposition for the New Deal as well, from the poorer side of society. The New Deal allegedly did not do enough to help the poor and underprivileged. Huey Long one of the main enemies of the deal, by 1937 many saw Roosevelt as none less than a dictator. The 1936 election was refreshing and it showed 46 of then the 48 states voting for The New Deal, Roosevelt was back in power. So all that said, all of The New Deal's pacts, acts and plans laid out in one, analysed fully for good and bad points, and having taken general points and attitudes toward The New Deal, was it "not a complete success"? The New Deal was open to criticism and had its flaws and wasn't digested well by all the American public. However, on the whole, it must be realised that that The New Deal created many new ideas and plans, which helped revive America in all its aspects, so there is no correct answer. The New Deal had its successes but was flawed in places and did try to overpower too much. The New Deal was not a complete success, but it must be realized it was not a complete failure either ,as it did lift America in as many aspects as it may have brought it down, perhaps even more. Coursework: The New Deal 1933-1940 Sulmaan Butt ...read more.

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