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

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Naveis Iqbal 11TR 09/05/2007

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

The New Deal had three aims Relief, which was to help with unemployment, Recovery to rebuild the economy and to return USA to the 1920s economic boom. The New Deal was not a complete success, but it did prevent things from getting worse, it dealt with unemployment in a way.

One of the aims of the New Deal was to provide Relief; I am going to assess the successes and failures of this aim. The role of the FERA, they were kind of a success because they did make grants of fredren money to state relief to unemployment. It also stopped the treat of starvation, but it was not a long-term solution it was only an emergency measure. The role of the PWA was kind of a success because it created jobs. Unemployed people were employed building schools, city halls, hospitals and helping society, but not all of the jobs were helping society because some jobs were just wasting tax payers money which was known as boondoggling. There were jobs like scaring pigeons away from the white house and singing on the road, this was wasting taxpayers’ money. (Boondoggling)

 The role of the WPA, this act was kind of a success as well but more of a failure. It did find workers, but only some who were needed on construction projects, but this was only a short-term measure. These acts did help employment but most of them were short-term measures or emergency acts. So they weren’t that of a success in solving the unemployment problem.

One of the other aims of the New Deal was to rebuild the Economy; I am going to assess the successes and failures of this aim. The New Deal aimed to tackle the problems in industries and in businesses. The NRA, their aim was to get a partnership going between the government and businesses. This aim was a successful policy; it stopped child labour and increased wages. They got better working conditions and contracts from the government. The TVA helped to solve its problems; it encourages industries to go into the area. Its successes were simulates growth of economy. Its failures were that everyone had to move to Tennessee, it only helped one group of people. The banking act, it’s a success because people take their money back to banks. Roosevelt gains trust of people; banks get more stable as they gain loans to help secure them. The act also closes banks, which lead to more unemployment, but also led to greater confidence in banks by people in USA, it is overall a successful act. Recovery acts by Roosevelt for industry were successful however they did not stop the USA going back in to Depression in the 1938.

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The problems of agriculture, Roosevelt’s policies helped some but not others. The AAA, their aim was to help farmers earn a better living by the rise of prices of food. Roosevelt helps the farmers rise the price of food but Hinders make life worse for unemployed people in the USA as they already cant afford food because they have no money, now that food costs twice as much, it is going to become a big problem. This policy of Roosevelt helped the farmers but made life worse for unemployed people, this is another act, which only helps one group ...

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