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Which of these sources is the more useful to an historian studying the impact of the New Deal on the USA? Source E shows us the percentage of workers unemployed in the USA 1929-39.

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Which of these sources is the more useful to an historian studying the impact of the New Deal on the USA? Source E shows us the percentage of workers unemployed in the USA 1929-39. This source is useful because it shows us the effect it had on unemployment before, during, and a while after the New Deal was enforced. Therefore this source enables us to compare the unemployment percentage and conclude how the New Deal impacted on the USA. In 1929 the Wall Street Crash occurred, and this is reflected in the chart with a low column of only 3.2% rising steadily over the years. Up to 1933 unemployment was rising in the constant spiral of depression. ...read more.

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Therefore the war also helps stop unemployment. Source E is useful because they are from United States government figures, which should be reliable and unbiased, however there is a possibility that the government is using this as propaganda, and therefore may have tilted the truth slightly to make them look good or simply inaccurate. Also these figures depend on exactly what sort of people they mean by 'unemployed', as this could include only women, men, disabled people or people in the CCC, as the people being helped out by the CCC receive little jobs that have been 'made'. Also in those times it was very difficult to collect accurate information, as they did not have the technology that we do today. ...read more.

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As this is propaganda, the figures were made up to mock the New Deal system. All the figures on the right hand side of the source are those people that are being pulled out of work because of the New Deal. For example 'Not allowed to work because of the Child Labour Law'. This is useful evidence providing the one-sided view of Republicans, who were against the New Deal as they claimed that it meddled too much in their American constitution, thus making this source biased. As mentioned above, the figures on this source are worthless. Every source is useful because it carries information, and even if a source is biased it is still useful because it gives an opinion on a matter. Therefore, I believe that these sources are equally useful as they give different information. ?? ?? ?? ?? Katarzyna Lakus Page 1 5/10/2007 ...read more.

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