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How did the role of the federal government change during the Great Depression?

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deeco18 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 2, 2012 at 12:01 AM via web

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How did the role of the federal government change during the Great Depression?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 2, 2012 at 12:06 AM (Answer #1)

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During the Great Depression, the role of the federal government changed tremendously.  Before the Depression hit, the federal government did little or nothing to help people financially.  This was not seen as something the government ought to do.  With the Depression came a change in this perception.  President Roosevelt's New Deal made government responsible for helping people in many ways.  These ways ranged from guaranteeing that they would not lose money they had deposited in banks (FDIC) to ensuring that they would have money to live on after they retired (Social Security).  In general, the New Deal brought on a new role for government, one in which the government did a great deal more to help individuals financially.

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