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What are some of the negative aspects of the New Deal  

One of the major negatives of the New Deal was that it upset the balanced Federal budget and created a huge deficit for the nation while at the same time failed to end massive unemployment....

Latest answer posted November 27, 2011 8:13 am UTC

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What are the successes and failures of the New Deal?      

The Roosevelt Administration's and Congress's response to the Great Depression was not without controversy. The New Deal succeeded in a number of ways, but that success was limited. A major goal of...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2020 10:08 pm UTC

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Goals Of The New Deal

The New Deal was first and foremost about resolving the economic crisis of the Great Depression. This had many components, however, including deflation (the increasing value of currency),...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2015 1:06 am UTC

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Why did the New Deal draw criticism from conservatives and liberals ?

Both conservatives and liberals criticized the New Deal. Conservatives believed the government was doing too much. Conservatives supported a laissez-faire government policy toward the economy. They...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2016 4:30 pm UTC

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What is the positive and negative legacy of the New Deal programs still active today?

There were many programs that were established as part of the New Deal. Some of these programs still exist today. These programs have a positive and a negative legacy, depending on a person’s point...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2017 1:42 am UTC

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Lasting Effects Of The New Deal

The impact of the New Deal was immense and has lasted to this day. It fundamentally changed the relationship between the federal government and the US population. It did so by asserting that a...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2019 3:45 am UTC

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What is the Rural Electrification Act (1936), and what did it accomplish?

In 1936, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt enacted one of the most important pieces of legislation during the Depression years. The “Rural Electrification Act” (REA) was a part of his “New Deal”...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2014 5:15 pm UTC

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How did the New Deal change the role of the government?

It should be noted, during the early Twentieth Century, the United States government took on a more significant and active role under the Progressives. Theodore Roosevelt, for example, was famous...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2019 10:17 pm UTC

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How Did The Second New Deal Differ From The First

The Second New Deal was closely connected to the prevailing political pressures facing FDR at the time. For one thing, the first New Deal hadn't made anywhere near enough of an impact on the...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2017 11:34 am UTC

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Although the New Deal extended help to many Americans, all did not benefit equally from the era's reforms. Who...

The New Deal, often hailed as a wonderful economic and social program, was certainly a racialized and gendered deal in which Franklin D. Roosevelt created institutions and programs to recover the...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2019 10:49 pm UTC

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Why did the New Deal arouse criticism from both the right and the left?

First, it should be noted that the New Deal was wildly popular—Roosevelt won reelection in 1936 in a huge landslide. That being said, as the other answers have noted, Roosevelt was caught in the...

Latest answer posted December 1, 2019 12:28 am UTC

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How did President Franklin Roosevelt re-define the meaning of economic freedom over the course of the New Deal? 

People had to give up a certain amount of freedom in order to ensure more freedoms for all with the New Deal. The New Deal ended speculative excesses by banks and Wall Street, with programs such as...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2019 5:18 pm UTC

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Explain how the New Deal might be perceived as bordering on socialism?

Socialism is usually defined as a system in which the means of production are owned or controlled by the government, or, as Webster defines it, "by the community as a whole." This arrangement was...

Latest answer posted May 24, 2019 4:10 am UTC

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What were the three main goals of the New Deal?  

When U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt took office in 1933, he immediately developed a plan known as the New Deal to combat the Great Depression, an economic crisis that began in the late 1920s....

Latest answer posted May 8, 2018 3:31 pm UTC

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How did the New Deal affect America’s attitude toward the role of government?

The term "New Deal" was intentionally ambiguous and euphemistic. It suggested that what was being proposed was something like Huey Long's radical suggestion of a "redistribution of the wealth," but...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2012 1:03 pm UTC

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How did the New Deal change the United States citizen’s public relationship with their federal government?  

The New Deal (1933-1941) of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt fundamentally altered the relationship between the citizens of the U.S. and their government. The Great Depression, which began in...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2019 3:11 am UTC

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What was the New Deal? What were the three Rs? What did they do? Who did the New Deal help? Who did it not help? Why...

What was the New Deal?The New Deal is a term used to describe a broad series of experimental, socially liberal laws and programs that were designed to get people back to work during Great...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2016 7:32 am UTC

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Explain why FDR's "court packing" plan failed.

In November 1936, Franklin Delano Roosevelt won reelection to a second term as president by a huge majority, largely because of New Deal legislation enacted to mitigate the effects of the Great...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2020 4:12 pm UTC

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How did Franklin Delano Roosevelt deal with the Great Depression? Did his response stimulate the economy?

Depressions are not uncommon. Previous to the Great Depression, there were depressions in 1819-20, 1839-43, 1857-60, 1873-78, 1893-97, and 1920-21. America recovered from the depression at the end...

Latest answer posted March 10, 2010 11:59 pm UTC

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What are some of the lasting effects of the New Deal on banking and finance in the United States?

Two important pieces of legislation were created under the New Deal that had a tremendous impact on banking and finance in America are the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, F.D.I.C. and the...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2009 6:54 am UTC

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How did the New Deal expand the federal government's authority ?

The New Deal represented -- excluding the policies associated with the struggle against slavery -- the greatest expansion in the federal government's role in the nation's history. Franklin...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2015 3:37 am UTC

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How did the New Deal fundamentally reshape the relationship between the federal government and its citizens?

Before the New Deal, the federal government primarily saw its role as defending the nation militarily and left other financial issues in the hands of state and local governments, the private...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2017 10:23 am UTC

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How did the New Deal affect trade unions?

Unions largely benefited from the New Deal, with some exception. As part of the National Recovery Act, every industry was required to adopt a code which specifically provided for the right of...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2012 11:02 pm UTC

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How successful was the New Deal in the short- and long-term at achieving Roosevelt’s goals?

In order to stabilize the economy, reform the financial system, and provide relief, jobs, and new employment opportunities for the American people during the Great Depression, President Franklin D....

Latest answer posted April 1, 2019 10:43 am UTC

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How was the New Deal not successful? How was the New Deal not successful?

It's hard to say whether the New Deal was really successful or unsuccessful. It was very ambitious, even desperate. It did over-reach, but it put into place some crucial social programs that...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2011 12:28 pm UTC

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Effects Of The New Deal

There were several lasting effects of the legislation developed during the New Deal. One lasting impact was the creation of the Social Security System with the passage of the Social Security Act....

Latest answer posted April 10, 2016 4:20 pm UTC

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Compare the French approach to the Depression with the New Deal.

In general, France was not hit as hard or as early by the Great Depression as the United States. In part, this was because the great number of deaths of young French men during World War I meant...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2017 12:05 am UTC

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Why was President Roosevelt's plan for a national recovery called a "new deal" for Americans?

The "New Deal," Franklin Delano Roosevelt's program in response to the crisis of the Great Depression, was named to remind people of Theodore Roosevelt's 1910 "Square Deal." Both programs...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2017 9:10 am UTC

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How successful was the New Deal as a response to the Great Depression?

The Great Depression began on October 24, 1929 with the stock market crash on Black Thursday. By the time that Franklin Delano Roosevelt became president in 1933, almost 25 percent of the American...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2019 2:59 pm UTC

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

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....

Latest answer posted January 31, 2020 3:22 pm UTC

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How did the New Deal reshape the lives of the American people? As always, be sure to offer specifics and avoid vague...

Short-term, the New Deal brought hope to various people who did not have employment or relief options. The New Deal put people to work making dams for the Tennessee Valley Authority and parks for...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2019 2:12 am UTC

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Is the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) still in effect today?

The Tennessee Valley Authority Act was signed in 1933 by President Roosevelt. The Act established the Tennessee Valley Authority as a government corporation initiated to address issues such as the...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2018 4:02 pm UTC

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What were some of the criticisms of the New Deal? Were the complaints justified, or was the New Deal an appropriate...

The New Deal had and continues to have many detractors among conservatives. Some conservative lawmakers saw New Deal spending projects as ways to ensure Washington spending helped a few people in...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2020 12:38 am UTC

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What was the purpose of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) during the New Deal?

The Civilian Conservation Corps was one of the New Deal projects by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. It was a public works project which aimed at providing work for the youth and improving the...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2015 1:19 pm UTC

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What beliefs lay beneath New Deal legislation that put women at a disadvantage in the work force?

New Deal work reforms largely benefitted the following industries: agriculture, finance, waterpower, and manufacturing. With the unique exception of World War II, at which time women were employed...

Latest answer posted July 11, 2017 9:52 am UTC

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Many New Deal programs were biased against African Americans, yet FDR had the support of a large share of African...

There are two aspects to this question. First, why did Roosevelt treat African Americans this way when they supported him? The reason for this is that he needed the support of others more. He...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2012 5:39 pm UTC

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What was the National Union for Social Justice?

The National Union for Social Justice was an organization created by Father Charles Coughlin in 1934. It was meant to be an organization for workers' rights that was opposed to the New Deal....

Latest answer posted March 11, 2012 6:24 am UTC

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How did the New Deal fix the Great Depression?

The aggregate effect of the myriad New Deal programs implemented during the 1930s during the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt was to help lift the United States out of the depths of the Great...

Latest answer posted July 17, 2015 2:26 am UTC

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What was the purpose of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)?

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) was established by Congress, at the request of President Franklin Roosevelt, for the purpose of facilitating economic development across much of the American...

Latest answer posted December 22, 2014 4:29 pm UTC

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Discuss the long- and short-range effects of the New Deal on American political and economic life. What were its key...

One of the lasting effects of the New Deal was to develop a frame of reference where government could be seen as a source of help to its citizens in time of need. Prior to the New Deal, government...

Latest answer posted March 21, 2010 9:16 am UTC

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How did Southern conservatives try to limit women and African Americans from enjoying the full benefits of the New Deal?

Franklin D. Roosevelt's (FDR) New Deal was a program designed to dig America out of the Great Depression by creating public work projects, financial reforms, and business regulations. Some of the...

Latest answer posted July 25, 2019 6:09 pm UTC

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What were the effects of the New Deal on American political and economic life?

The true impact of the New Deal didn't fully take hold until after the end of World War II, but from the start, this new way of understanding the role of the federal government in people's lives...

Latest answer posted December 19, 2018 1:38 am UTC

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What were the goals of the Tennessee Valley Authority?

The Tennessee Valley Authority, or TVA, was one of a number of agencies set up by President Roosevelt under the New Deal to help tackle the chronic economic problems of the Great Depression. More...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2017 11:22 am UTC

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How did the New Deal differ from the pre-WWI progressive era?

The New Deal was different from the pre-war Progressive Era. The Progressive Era came about because many people were concerned about abuses that they believed existed in society. The Progressives...

Latest answer posted December 14, 2017 10:31 pm UTC

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Who remained outside the reach New Deal assistance, and why?

Not everyone benefited from New Deal programs for several reasons. First, the New Deal represented a massive reformulation of the relationship between the federal government and the economy. Most...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2014 2:38 am UTC

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Were Franklin Roosevelt’s responses to the Great Depression effective?

The Great Depression was a worldwide phenomenon that lasted as long as two decades in some areas. Although its beginning in the United States is usually marked with the 1929 stock market crash,...

Latest answer posted April 4, 2019 7:40 pm UTC

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How did the New Deal try to solve the problems of the Great Depression?  

There were many components to the New Deal that we cannot cover in this short of a space, but the overall strategy employed by FDR was to put into action the economic theories of John Maynard...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2016 5:58 pm UTC

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How was the New Deal a culmination of the era of progressive reform?

Under the New Deal, many of the reforms progressives had long articulated, marched for, campaigned for, and even died for became realities. These included a government retirement program that would...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2017 1:06 pm UTC

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How did the federal government change during the New Deal?

President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal programs substantially increased the size of the federal government while simultaneously greatly expanding the government's role in the daily lives of...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2017 3:00 am UTC

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How did Roosevelt deal with the Great Depression?

Roosevelt's program to deal with the Depression consisted of the three R's: "Relief, Recovery, Reform." His first act upon taking office was to declare a "bank holiday" which closed the banks for...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2010 5:32 am UTC

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