The Legacy of the New Deal
During the time of the Great Depression there were many people in dismay. The United States population, as a whole was pessimistic and negatively perceived the situation of the country. Once elected president, Franklin D. Roosevelt started changing the perspective of the country one piece of legislation at a time. Roosevelt was able to turn the negative believes the people once had into many positive and optimistic believes through the New Deal. Although the New Deal brought along problems such as racial discrimination and sexism, it was an overall success due to the social security act, civilian conservation corps, and the bank holiday; all of which were able to change the American people’s perception of the situation.
The social security act, a very important development, was able to change the American people’s perception of the situation by taking care of the aged population’s economic welfare. The social security act was able to change the perception of the American people by taking care of the elderly. The act did this because instead of the aging civilians worrying about retiring with enough money, the government created a system to help give the elderly a steady income. This system created in 1935 as a part of the Second New Deal saved many older Americans: “over the course of the twentieth century, benefits provided through the social security system would save tens of millions of Americans, especially the elderly, from poverty and despair” (Page 723). The social security act not only saved lives but, created a positive environment for the American people to live in by taking care of the ‘parents’ and ‘grandparents’ of our nation. In addition to the social security act, the Civilian Conservation Corps also suggested a more optimistic approach to living in the United States. In 1933, the Civilian Conservation Corps (C.C.C.) was an organization created by the government to give the people in America jobs. In 1934, the...
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