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Tyler Defino Period 8 DBQ Essay Buttigieg

At the start of the new decade, the 1930’s, the U.S. and many other nations’ economies faltered and slowly commenced a long and painful depression. Many groups like churches and benevolent individuals tried to help out the jobless, homeless, and starving, but they had limited power, only government agencies had the power to create mass relief programs. Millions of Americans were left jobless, homeless, and starving with no way to help their family. This trapped and helpless feeling that Americans had led to a lack of pride and self esteem in the free enterprise system and a scare that the U.S. might turn to communism to solve the depression, So, in order to save the U.S. from complete economic ruin and protect those rights that we fought so hard for throughout our history, President Franklin D. Roosevelt took control and produced numerous relief programs. Such programs include the Emergency Banking Act, the Civilian Conservation Corps, the Agricultural Adjustment Act, Social Security and multiple others. With these programs, poor and jobless Americans were given a chance to survive and prosper through the hard economic times and once again bring back the old, prosperous U.S. economy.

As the U.S. fell into its first major economic depression, it was exposed too many problems. A depression is defined as a sustained economic recession in which a nation’s Gross National Product is falling and marked by low production, sales, and a high rate of business failures and unemployment. So, the most extreme problem that Americans faced during the Great Depression was the extensive amount of business failure. This failure led to almost all the other problems in the depression. Once, businesses failed, they had to lay off workers, which in turn adds more poor...
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