Roosevelt and the Great Depression Essay

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Roosevelt and the Great Depression

The Great Depression of the 1930’s was a great blow to America especially after the seeming prosperity of the twenties. The depression was a result not of false prosperity in the twenties, although the distribution of wealth was very uneven the affluence was very real, but rather from a lack of economic and political maturity to address the problems either before 1929 or as a cure post 1929. The Great Depression is often seen as a result of the twenties when rather it was a failure of the thirties. If the necessary policies had been drawn up in the twenties there would have been widespread hatred for these policies by the wealthy ruling class. This would have made them impossible to implement. It is
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The policies of the New Deal can be broadly split into three categories for simplicity, relief, recovery and reform. In each of these types of legislation a vast array of government bodies were established all with acronyms, which are often likened to alphabet spaghetti rather than coherent legislation. The relief policies led to the founding of many agencies between 1933 and 1935, these included the Federal Emergency Relief Administration (F.E.R.A.), and Civil Works Administration (C.W.A.). There was also the Civilian Conservation Corps (C.C.C.) and the Home Owners Loan Corporation (H.O.L.C) which helped thousands of lenders and property owners thought the depression. One of the most important agencies was the Works Progress Administration (W.P.A). During its time it improved many hospitals and schools as well as giving funding to theatres and the arts. These relief agencies heralded an unprecedented level of government involvement in welfare. These agencies helped millions and helped secure re-election for Roosevelt. Although these agencies helped a lot of people they did not nearly go far enough. The W.P.A only reached a fraction of those who were unemployed and only for short-term projects and for

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