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How did the New Deal expand the federal government's authority ?

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alanajohnson | Salutatorian

Posted October 14, 2012 at 4:55 PM via web

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How did the New Deal expand the federal government's authority ?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 14, 2012 at 5:14 PM (Answer #1)

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The New Deal expanded the authority of the federal government by getting it involved in many more aspects of our economic life.  The programs of the New Deal, along with a change in the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the Constitution, gave the government much more power.

The New Deal programs got the government involved in many more areas of economic life.  It provided jobs for people.  It provided relief for them.  It got the government involved in regulating things like the stock market.  All of these things were actions the government would not have taken before the Depression.

Much of this was made possible by the Supreme Court’s change of opinion as to whether government regulation infringed on liberty.  The Supreme Court came to rule that the government could regulate the economy whenever it was necessary to do such things as protecting the community.  This gave the government much more authority to act as it wished.

By getting the federal government to involve itself in many more areas of the economy, the New Deal expanded its authority greatly.

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