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New Deal Sources Question

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New Deal Sources Question Question One: Hoover and Roosevelt are shown in the sources to want fast action. They wanted to rebuild America's economy with fast effect. Roosevelt wanted to co-operate with the public and save the national crisis, however Hoover tried to restart the economy in 1930 and 1931 by tax cuts, he tried to persuade business leaders not to cut wages and he set up the Reconstruction finance agency which stopped banks from going bankrupt also he tried to encourage export trade without success. Hoover believed that the depression wasn't to do with economic weakness in the US it was mainly caused by economic problems in Europe so he said that business should be left alone to recover and government help wasn't needed as he argued that business went in cycles of boom and bust and so they would recover. One the other hand Roosevelt wants to create jobs for people by asking congress for the power to 'wage war against the emergency'. Hoover didn't want to create the jobs because he thought that it would brake down the "Initiative and enterprise of the American people" he thought it would go against the ideas of America civilisation. ...read more.

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so you had to re-enlist into the New Deal to survive; this happened to Gold three times each time he had to re-enlist, Gold got different jobs, the first two times he was in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and the third time he was fighting fires. People weren't just doing useless jobs, they were fighting fires and planting forests and digging dams, the New Deal wasn't creating jobs for people in their own skills. The USA was benefiting but it wasn't really much use because it would be a vicious circle, if there is no skilled jobs for people to come into once they are off the New Deal then you would have to go back onto the scheme to survive. The Federal Government got people jobs but they weren't necessarily jobs people were skilled in, the New Deal gave people jobs so the government could justify spending money, weren't going to let anybody have anything for nothing. Question Three: The Federal Government would want to publish photos like the ones in sources E E i and ii because they were positive and they could be successful in raising public morale. ...read more.

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The sources do not really agree on the effectiveness of Roosevelt's 'priming the pump' policy, source F agrees that The New Deal has made many 'alphabet agencies' which have helped create employment and has brought back life into the US. Question Five. The sources G (ii), (iii) and (iv) argue that the New Deal was effective or ineffective; in source G (ii) Roosevelt is shown as a Doctor trying all different types of medicine's, the medicines represent the 'alphabet agencies' and the woman standing beside Roosevelt represents his congress assisting him. The source, I think shows positive opinions to the New Deal; Roosevelt was inconsistent and kept changing his mind about his policies which could be good, if a policy wasn't going well Roosevelt would scrap it and start on another one so to not waste time on a useless policy which probably would not be successful but he would not have known this as he thought you never know until you try something how effective it is going to be. Source iii ...read more.

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