What were some ways in which different groups were helped by the New Deal?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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This one is going to be difficult to fully assess because there was the overall feeling that everyone was clumped into one group: The poor.  One cannot overstate the fundamental equality that was present in the Great Depression.  Poverty cut across all social stratification.  For example, poor Whites found many of the same challenges that people of color did in finding jobs.  It was not easy.  I think that the New Deal helped different helped alleviate some of this financial condition, but the effects seemed to be watered down for different groups.  People of color, like poor Whites, benefited from the New Deal because of the creation of jobs.  However, these jobs were first and foremost given to Whites who were looking for employment than those of color.  While all poor people were assisted in the New Deal's belief of expanding government to increase employment, people of color still found it challenging to experience these full effects.  Women were impacted, as well.  Men were the primary recipients of the New Deal's policy on employment.  Women were impacted in that they were forced to "do more with less" in terms of keeping families intact.  However, over time, it became clear that women were needed as part of the employment initiatives offered by the New Deal.

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