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What were the effects of the New Deal?

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jecho | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted October 22, 2012 at 10:43 PM via web

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What were the effects of the New Deal?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 22, 2012 at 10:49 PM (Answer #1)

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We can look at both short-term and long-term effects of the New Deal.

In the short term, the New Deal helped to reduce the severity of the Great Depression.  It gave money to the poor and made jobs for many people.  It did not end the Depression, but it helped make things better than they had been.

The major long-term effect of the New Deal was to get the government involved in many more aspects of American life.  It helped allow the government to do things like providing pensions for retired people (Social Security) and guaranteeing bank deposits (FDIC).  These were things the government had never done before.

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