Summarize the major issues of the New Deal Legislation.

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When you say "issues," I assume you are asking what the New Deal legislation was trying to accomplish.  If so, historians tend to argue that the New Deal was trying to accomplish three things.

  • Relief.  The New Deal was trying to immediately relieve the economic problems that people faced.  This was done, for example, by providing jobs or even direct "welfare" payments.
  • Recovery.  The New Deal was trying to get the economy back to normal.  Efforts to do this included things like the AAA and the NIRA.
  • Reform.  The New Deal was meant to ensure that future depressions could not happen.  This was done through legal reforms (creation of the SEC and the FDIC) as well as through economic development programs (TVA).

These were the main goals of the New Deal.