Name 3 major things that Franklin Roosevelt did to help end the depression?

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The Great Depression began in America on October 29 1929 when the stock market crashed, plunging the country into economic crisis. By the time Franklin D. Roosevelt took presidential office in 1933, the vast majority of Americans were suffering from chronic unemployment and high rates of poverty. Roosevelt thus implemented...

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The Great Depression began in America on October 29 1929 when the stock market crashed, plunging the country into economic crisis. By the time Franklin D. Roosevelt took presidential office in 1933, the vast majority of Americans were suffering from chronic unemployment and high rates of poverty. Roosevelt thus implemented a series of reforms to relieve this situation, known as the New Deal. Here are three of the most important:

  1. The Works Progress Administration, or WPA was a program which gave government jobs to the unemployed. The WPA employed more than 8.5 million in all manner of jobs, from building bridges to bookbinding. 
  2. The Social Security Act of 1935 provided welfare to the elderly and enabled states to make better provision for its citizens in need.
  3. In 1933, the federal government passed the 21st Amendment and brought Prohibition to an end. The government did this to provide extra tax money which could boost the economy, through taxing the manufacture and sale of alcohol. 

 

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