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Life did get better for many people in the 1930s. Was it because of what FDR achieved?

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Richard MacDonald 10 Alpha GCSE History Coursework Assignment Three Life did get better for many people in the 1930s. Was it because of what FDR achieved? In the first few years after the 1932 election, the people of America were becoming better off, slowly they were returning to pre-depression standards. But they were still not as well off as they had been during the boom years. Many factors contributed to this and probably the one that had the greatest effect was the 'new deal' policies of Franklin D Roosevelt's Administration. This was a set of new legislation's that tried to help get the American economy back on its feet and increase the rate of employment in areas that had been hit most badly. ...read more.


This did help. Another agency was the PWA (Public Works Administration) which was charged with the task of building new schools, hospitals etc... This shows how the new 'alphabet' agencies were trying to improve like both in the country and in the cities. One general agency set up, which was the biggest and some would say the most beneficial was the NRA, National Recovery Administration. The NRA tried to encourage employers to allow Trade Unions, give workers better pay and better working conditions. This helped greatly and soon by 1940 unemployment had fallen by 40%. Many would say that these agencies were the best thing to help America recover but many of them had problems. ...read more.


One of these was the outbreak in 1939 of the Second World War. Even though the U.S.A. did not enter the war until 1940 when the Naval Base at Pearl Harbour was attacked, the requirements of food, weapons and other items increased in war-torn Europe. This increased demand and the unavailability of items in Europe helped give American industry the much-needed boost for it to recover quicker. Many thousands of men (and women) were employed in building 'Liberty Ships', which would carry food, and other trade items across the U-boat patrolled waters of the Atlantic Ocean safely. Also the natural order of economies is that after a "Boom 'n Bust" things eventually get better. In the end America also has a huge amount of natural recourses that are much needed in other parts of the world. ...read more.

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