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'The New Deal was not a complete success' Explain how far you agree with this statement

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'The New Deal was not a complete success' Explain how far you agree with this statement During the 1930s Roosevelt's New Deal was seen as a blessing, Roosevelt helped people and improved the quality of the American lifestyle. Though a small minority of people at the time would argue against this, women and blacks were two of the groups in which Roosevelt gave little help to. There were three main individuals who strongly opposed the New Deal; Huey Long, Father Coughlin and Dr Townsend. Huey Long, also known as 'Kingfish', supported the New Deal in the beginning. Four years after being elected Senate of Louisiana, he announced a 'Share Out Wealth' movement. It was aimed at sharing all the wealth from the rich to the poor. He promised every American a home worth $5,000, an annual income of $2,500, a car, a radio and a better education. Huey Long hoped to stand in the 1936 Presidential Elections after gaining 7 million supporters but he was assainated in September 1935. Dr Townsend's aims were focused on the elderly. ...read more.

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This caused problems for Roosevelt, as it was him who passed the law saying workers in the trade had the right to strike and not get sacked. This annoyed employers because their workers were not working. Business owners turned against Roosevelt; they claimed he was ruining businesses and trade. This put doubts in the back of people's minds, the NRA was set up to help bring employers and employees; in this case it was the opposite. Despite all this Roosevelt still had America's support behind him. Roosevelt gave back America's hope, self-esteem and self-confidence; he learned the most important factor of his success was to gain the trust of the American people. He became popular with his 'fireside chats', each and every American who listened to his tactics over the radio felt part of his actions, and he asked the Americans to work with him. The New Deal produced better social security for American citizens. The New Deal provided schools, roads and other landmarks; this was seen as a basis for future prosperity. On the other hand government and public money was wasted, to begin with the money was given out to those he needed it but Roosevelt knew this money would not last forever and just hoped it would work. ...read more.

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Hoover refused to solve the problems of the depression; he insisted 'prosperity is just around the corner'. Hoovers tactics were described as 'too little, too late'. If Hoover hadn't ran away from the problems facing his country would Roosevelt be as popular? I think all Roosevelt did was restore the American Dream back into people's heads. By giving back confidence to the Americans they felt like they were getting out of the depression and back onto the right track. In the beginning Roosevelt was confident of victory against Hoover in the 1932 elections yet he still toured the country giving speeches and promising the nation a New Deal, this seemed as if he really did want the best for America but still his ideas were vague and general. When Roosevelt created the New Deal it seemed as if he was helping them, getting stuck in straight away. I doubt the New Deal was thought through properly, the money they were giving out and the promises Roosevelt was giving were not going to last forever. Many of Roosevelt's laws weren't permanent. By the end of it one third of the nation became the New Deals 'unfinished business'. ...read more.

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