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The New Deal

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How successful was The New Deal? Franklin Delano Roosevelt took over as president of the USA from Herbert Hoover in March 1933. He promised 'A New Deal for the American people' during the great depression. The New Deals aim was to put people back to work and to improve industry and agriculture. Unemployment levels did improve under The New Deal. However they didn't reach pre-depression levels until World War II and there were still 6 million people unemployed in 1941. The income levels from industrial and agricultural products had a bigger improvement than unemployment levels but also didn't recover fully until the war. Roosevelt declared a nationwide bank holiday. ...read more.

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Although black people were dealt with harshly, they did benefit from some of The New Deal measures. The Federal Emergency Relief Act gave poor black people help they had never received before and the CCC gave black people more than 200,000 jobs. Many women benefited from The New Deal. They gained themselves a higher status in many of the new agencies. Mothers were also provided with money from The Social Security Act. However, most of The New Deal programmes didn't involve many women and their average wage was half that of men. I think that Roosevelt did as well as he could do to help the American public, under the circumstances. ...read more.

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- negotiated with the major industries to create fair prices, wages and working hours. The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) - responsible for flood control, building dams and constructing new towns. The Agricultural Adjustment Act (AAA) - paid farmers to reduce farm production and boost farm prices. The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) - offered short-term work to young men on conservation projects. The Public Works Administration (PWA) - offered jobs to skilled workers to construct schools, hospitals and other public buildings. CIVIL WORKS ADMINISTRATION (Relief) Created in 1933, the CWA employed four million people--paid an average of $15 a week--many in useful construction jobs such as repairing schools, laying sewer pipes, building roads. Some CWA jobs, however, were criticized as useless (e.g., leaf raking). Roosevelt disbanded the program after less than a year. ?? ?? ?? ?? Jonathan Baker ...read more.

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