This is an image of the cover of a book by Kathryn A. Flynn. In this book she talks about the New Deal and how it affected the economy.
This is an image of the cover of a book by Kathryn A. Flynn. In this book she talks about the New Deal and how it affected the economy.


*The New Deal*
The New Deal was a series of economic programs implemented in the U.S. between 1933 and 1936. The New Deal was something that was introduced by Franklin Roosevelt in 1932. He summarized the New Deal as a “use of authority of government as an organized form of self-help for all classes and groups and sections of our country.” Shortly after his election he worked quickly to deliver the New Deal as he had promised. He also said that it would seed to deliver relief, recovery, and reform, also known as the three “R’s.” The New Deal proved to be highly successful. Millions of Americans, unable to find work in an economy that was still badly broken four years into the Great Depression, might have literally starved to death if not for the government checks they earned by working for new agencies like the Civilian Conservation Corps and Works Progress Administration. The were also many laws and programs created under the Roosevelt Administration between 1933 and 1940 to help solve the economic crisis and put people back to work. They did not end the depression, but they helped the American people by taking care of their basic needs and giving them the dignity of work and hope. When it came to recovery, however, the New Deals performance fell behind. It was successful in both short-term relief and in implementing long-term reform. Although, the New Deal failed to end the Great Depression. Throughout the decade of the 1930s, unemployment remained brutally high, while economic growth remained slow. Recovery only came in Roosevelt’s third term, when the heavy demands of mobilization for WWII finally restored the country to full employment. Adolf Hitler probably did more to end the Great Depression in America than Roosevelt did. Still, despite failing in its most important objective, the New Deal changed this country forever. Roosevelt built a dominant new political coalition, creating a Democratic majority that lasted for half a century. The structural stability and social security provided by the New Deals reforms underlay a post war economic boom that many historians and economists have described as the “golden age of American capitalism.” And Roosevelt permanently changed the American people’s expectations of their presidents and their government.

"The New Deal." PBS. PBS.org, n.d. Web. 14 Sep 2011. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/general-article/dustbowl-new-deal/.

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