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Roosevelt and the New Deal

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Matthew Hunt Roosevelt and the New Deal 1. In order to ease the problems of the USA Roosevelt was forced to act quickly. Roosevelt worked round the clock to satisfy the needs of the public. The most severe of all problems was that of the banking crisis. Roosevelt attempted to solve this problem first. The day after his inauguration Roosevelt ordered all banks to close down. He believed that by doing this he would achieve stability back into finances. Roosevelt attempted to ensure that America would not have to suffer again. The government installed two new measures to give the public an impression of the New Deal. After already adopting the Emergency Banking Act and the Securities Exchange Commission, Roosevelt then sent fifteen proposals to the Congress. Roosevelt was encouraged by the reception that the Emergency Banking Act received. All of the fifteen proposals were accepted. ...read more.


The Wall Street Crash had a dramatic effect. Almost all Americans suffered. The American economy was hit hard, valuable assets became worthless. Due to the banking crisis many Americans were forced to live in unfortunate conditions. It was almost impossible for the American people to get themselves out of their situation as they could not find work. Many aims in the New Deal attempted to solve the unemployment problem. The unemployment, I believe, forced Roosevelt to take action. Not only had the American public suffered financially they also lost a great deal of confidence. The morale of the public, similar to the finances, had reached a dramatically low point. The Americans felt worthless, they had lost all purpose. I believe that Roosevelt sensed this. Roosevelt was well aware of the problems the public faced. He wanted to get his people out of the Depression. Aspects of the New Deal such as providing relief for the sick and unemployed attempted to solve this situation. ...read more.


The public had confidence in their country again. However, not all the terms of the New Deal succeed in this way. Left-wingers criticised the New Deal for not doing enough to change the country. They denounced Roosevelt for not helping the poor. Left-wing parties also attacked the New Deal for not providing a better lifestyle for Black Americans. Some of the terms in the New Deal allowed blacks to be paid lower than whites. Left-wingers also deemed Roosevelt as "ignorant" for mot making any progress for the equality of women. Women were paid less than men for doing the same work. However, it is worth remembering that prior to the New Deal America was almost an entirely different country. The life's of the public were in ruins, Roosevelt changed this. He provided work for the unemployed and housing for the homeless. Although, Roosevelt's main aim was only partially successful. There were still 10.4 million unemployed in 1937. For that reason I am forced to agree with the statement. The New Deal was successful in many aims but not all targets were met. ...read more.

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