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The New Deal

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'The New Deal brought only a partial economic recovery and did not make life better for all Americans' How far do you agree with this statement. I do agree with this statement as although the New Deal's main aims were the recovery of the economy through the getting of agriculture and industry back up on their feet and through reducing unemployment and also the relief of the poor people who were hit hard by the depression, continual injections of billions of dollars of government money were needed to keep schemes working and the economy stable until the Second world war started in 1939 when demand for American goods and produce increased and the economy was lifted out of depression. Although it relieved the situation of poverty and saved people from losing their homes, the employment offered was often only short ...read more.


The NRA increased workers wages, gave them better working conditions and shorter hours and the Wagner act supported unions and prevented employers sacking union members. Although by the end of the 1930's there were over 7 million members and unions had been established in most industries, however the NRA interfered in relations between workers and employers and the regulations were voluntary and many employers refused to recognise worker's rights and unions. As a result there was a huge growth in labour unrest and in the mid 1930's there was a wave of violent conflicts between strikers and the national guardsmen. The New Deal was also only partially successful as although it rescued the banking system and saved many businesses from collapse as in 1933 business failure, 150 (per 10,000 businesses) ...read more.


Blacks were placed in segregated CCC camps and weren't allowed to live in certain places in the Tennessee Valley. In 1935 30% of African Americans lived on relief as they received few or menial jobs and in 1940 1 in 20 black people had a desk job compared to 1 in 3 white people. Although they improved the situation of native American Indians, the New Deal did very little to improve the position of women in American society as only 8000 women were included in the CCC programme and the average wage of a woman was half of a man's in 1937. In conclusion although the New Deal vastly benefited America not only on a temporary scale but a permanent one as well, the economy did not fully recover until after 1939 and the New Deal did nothing to help African Americans and very little to improve the status of women. ...read more.

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