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How did the New Deal change the role of the federal government in American life?

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The New Deal set out from its very inception to make significant changes in American life. Never before had the federal government entered into the business of job creation for job creation's sake. With the Great Depression decimating the American economy, the second Roosevelt Administration saw it as necessary for the federal government to take an active role in mitigating the ongoing crisis. It had become clear that the scale of the Great Depression was simply too large and too widespread for traditional private charities and programs to deal with. The task of keeping Americans employed, fed, and housed needed to be coordinated and funded on a scale only achievable by the federal government.

Many New Deal programs are still in place today. These include social security, the FDIC, the FCIC, and the SEC. Also, the New Deal set a precedent in which the federal government could take a more active role in the lives of Americans. In this way, the role of government was greatly expanded....

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