New Deal Era: the Beginning of Modern American Society

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Historians say that the New Deal era is the beginning of modern American society. Many also say it was the beginning of the Imperial Presidential era. It was also a time when the quality of life had raised in a time of war. Life expectancy went up three years for whites and five years for blacks. (HIST 222 lecture, 28 OCT 10) There are many reasons why people consider the New Deal era the beginning of modern society, but the new reforms and programs, new women and new Negros, and the new consumer life style are the most evident and important. The New Deal brought many reforms and programs to America that is still present today. One part of the new deal that still affects Americans today is Social Security, which was passed in 1935. (Nation, 743) When it was introduced, each retired American over 60 would get $200 a month. Not every retired American would receive Social Security, however. Among some of the jobs that did not receive social security were agricultural jobs and jobs that minorities had. (HIST 222 lecture, 26 OCT 10) Social Security also helped with dependent children and insurance for people who had been laid off from work. (Nation, 743) Social Security has a huge part in why this age is the beginning of modern society. People who grew up in America with social security have always felt that no matter what goes wrong the government can be there to give aide. People in this age, and people in the present day, have the luxury of government help, which was not always the case in America. One big change that the New Deal era and World War II brought to American culture was the appearance of new women and new Negros. Before the war, it was unheard of for women to be working long hours and getting paid good money for it. (HIST 222 lecture, 19 OCT 10) This era was the beginning of women working permanently. (HIST 222 lecture, 28 OCT 10) It was also unheard of for Negros to have jobs and make money. With both of these groups working, there was more money to...
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