AP United States History
18 February 2014
New Deal DBQ
Emerging from the “roaring twenties” came one of the hardest times known to Americans, the Great Depression. During the Great Depression, president Franklin D. Roosevelt used many revolutionary tactics to alleviate the American economy. Although Roosevelt did not end the Great Depression, he provided public service jobs, the movement for social security, and the implementation of a “blanket code” for the rights of workers. These tactics revolutionized the role of the federal government. Roosevelts “New Deal” is what reformed America's worst problem, unemployment. The New Deal modernized the American government and introduced the idea of the government caring for the citizens. As seen in the Unemployment of nonfarm workers by percentage and number (Doc J) funded projects like city beautification helped lower the percentage of people 8unemployed. In 1935, Roosevelt's administration created the Works Progress Administration (WPA), which brought America closer to ending the horrifying unemployment problem. The government was now stronger and had a bond with the public necessary for any government as seen in “The New Deal in Review” editorial in The New Republic, May 20, 1940 (Doc H). The New Deal strengthened the government by creating reform boards like the NRA. Emerging from this, was a boost of confidence from the public that the government was trying to help them. From this confidence came the concept of social security.
He also established a social security in 1935. After implementing the Social Security
Act, social security became insurance for the elderly and the unemployed and supplied them a monthly payment. It was similarly advertised like Print and Photograph Division, Library of Congress, 1935 (Doc E). Social security was another attempt of the government to aid the ...
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