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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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How has the role of the federal goverment changed as a result of the New Deal?

As a result of the New Deal, the role of the federal government has expanded tremendously. Before the New Deal, Americans generally did not expect the federal government to do much for them. Now,...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2012 1:44 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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Besides the actual New Deal policies, what did FDR do to restore confidence among the American people?

In an attempt to bolster the spirits and confidence of the American public, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt famously proclaimed, "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself" in his first...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2020 9:29 pm UTC

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How did the programs of the Tennessee Valley Authority transform the region?

TVA was an agency authorized by the New Deal under Franklin D. Roosevelt to bring the Tennessee Valley power, flood control and economic stability during the 1930's ravages of the Great...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2009 12:01 pm UTC

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was America for or against the New Deal

Part of the United States approved of the New Deal. The elderly received Social Security checks. Union leaders had more power to collectively bargain. Many people throughout the Southeast received...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2020 5:18 pm UTC

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Reflection essay for the FDA

A good reflection piece on the FDA could discuss the importance and impact of its many programs, offices, and regulations. You could also consider addressing the impact of government regulation of...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2012 9:47 pm UTC

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What joke did African Americans make about the New Deal's National Recovery Act? 

In the New Deal, African Americans were discriminated against to a great extent. For political reasons, the Roosevelt administration allowed the Southern states to run the New Deal programs in...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2012 12:57 am UTC

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In the 1930s, what were the most significant governmental and legislative events?

The 1930s saw some of the most significant legislative reform in United States’ history. There were numerous reasons for the monumental changes: seismic shifts in social values, the expansion of...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2014 12:40 am UTC

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Explain how President Roosevelt mobilized a New Deal political coalition that included many different segments of the...

When Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected in 1932, his most important mandate was to help the United States out of the Great Depression. This included both efforts to improve the economy and the...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2019 6:55 pm UTC

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Some historians have argued that Roosevelt's New Deal was nothing new but rather a continuation of the Progressive...

This statement is accurate, but only to a degree. The New Deal was similar in some ways to the Progressive agenda, but in other ways it went well beyond that agenda. The New Deal and the...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2013 11:45 pm UTC

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Why did the government promote the arts in the 1930s?

During the New Deal, the government created a project known as the Public Works of Art Project. It also created a branch of the Works Progress Administration known as Federal One. These programs...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2012 7:45 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 the definition of freedom change over the course of the New Deal?

The concept of freedom was different at the start of the New Deal. Insider trading was still legal on Wall Street. Farmers were free to grow as much food as they wished, though they took their...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2019 7:51 pm UTC

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What were the benefits and costs of consumerism, and how did people deal with the challenges to old-time values?

In the 1920s, many consumer goods became widely available for the first time, including radios, cars, refrigerators, and other goods. These goods quickly permeated American society, and they were...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2019 1:27 pm 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 goals for the Tennessee Valley Authority? 

While the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is usually remembered only for the construction of hydroelectric dams in the Tennessee Valley region, it was originally intended to do much more....

Latest answer posted July 28, 2016 4:25 pm UTC

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How did F.D.R.’s New Deal propose to fix the problems of the Great Depression?

The New Deal proposed to fix the problems of the Great Depression in a number of ways. The most important of these were in two prongs. On the one hand, the New Deal proposed to end overproduction....

Latest answer posted October 21, 2012 3:05 am UTC

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What political messages do the Post Office murals convey?

I think that the Post Office mural movement that comes out of the New Deal carries with it significant political messages. Consider the words of Harry Hopkins, Roosevelt's relief administrator:...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2012 12:22 am UTC

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The New Deal represented a shift in how Americans viewed the government. Was this shift permanent?

It is, of course, impossible to say that any attitude or view is permanent. Racism and racial discrimination, for example, once seemed permanent but were not. That said, the shift that occurred...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2013 7:09 pm UTC

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How did Social Security change the lives of people?

The Social Security Act was a major New Deal law that has impacted Americans to the present day. When this law was passed, it provided retirement benefits for people who were 65 years or older. It...

Latest answer posted July 24, 2016 2:57 pm UTC

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To what extent did the achievements of the New Deal outweigh its shortcomings until the Second World War and how it...

As you say, it was really WWII, and not the New Deal, that brought the United States out of the Great Depression. To this extent, the New Deal had a major shortcoming. It was insufficient to...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2012 12:24 pm UTC

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Is the Federal Aviation Administration a New Deal program?

No, the Federal Aviation Administration was not a New Deal program. In fact, the FAA was not created for decades after the end of the New Deal. To be specific, the FAA was not created until...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2012 10:47 pm UTC

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What were some ways in which different groups were helped by the New Deal?

This one is going to be difficult to fully assess because there was the overall feeling that everyone was clumped into one group: The poor. One cannot overstate the fundamental equality that was...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2011 12:56 am UTC

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Using the "Address to Townsendites," how can I offer a summary for the ideology of the National Union for Social...

I think that much can be pulled from the speech to represent the basic tenets of the National Union for Social Justice. Father Coughlin is not short on expressing some of the basic ideas of the...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2012 6:35 pm UTC

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Describe the early New Deal's efforts to organize business in the NRA.

The NRA was an attempt to get all businesses within various sectors of the economy to cooperate with one another. It was meant as a way to combat the problems of the Great Depression. The NRA got...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2012 11:17 pm UTC

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President Roosevelt and his advisers created an economic relief, recovery, and reform plan called the New Deal....

One of the most significant elements of the New Deal was that it forcefully transformed the role of government into an initiator of action. This can be best seen when President Roosevelt's view of...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2013 11:07 am UTC

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What did the New Deal do for Native Americans?

Although it is not very famous, there was a change in policy that is known as the "Indian New Deal." This helped to weaken the sorts of policies that had been imposed on Native Americans since the...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2012 2:31 am UTC

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How could the New Deal have met the needs of the people better?

This is very hard to say. The New Deal did a great deal to help people and it is not completely clear that there was anything that the government could have done that would have been better. Many...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2012 5:10 am UTC

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Was the New Deal a new idea or did Roosevelt reuse old ideas?

The New Deal was not a completely new idea. What was new was that the government was willing to do all of these new things and to do them all at the same time. The New Deal came out of the minds...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2012 5:14 am UTC

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What were the achievements and failures of the New Deal?

There are at least two major achievements of the New Deal. First, it helped to reduce the severity of the Depression. Unemployment dropped after the New Deal began. More people who were...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2012 7:19 pm UTC

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What is the legacy of the New Deal?

The New Deal (1933–1941) was an abandonment of laissez-faire economics. The central government acted forcefully to alleviate the Great Depression and turn the economy around. It achieved a great...

Latest answer posted May 2, 2019 12:40 am UTC

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How did the Social Security Act affect people's lives? I am writing an essay for my American History II class for...

Social Security is based on the idea that the government has to make decisions for people. Like the unemployment system, the idea is to take money from a person while he or she is working and hold...

Latest answer posted June 21, 2011 8:51 am UTC

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What types of programs made up the New Deal?

Historians say that the New Deal was made up of three general types of programs. Relief. These were programs that were meant to halt the deterioration of the economy. These were things like the...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2012 7:05 pm UTC

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What are the buildings and projects in Los Angeles that were part of the New Deal program ?    

According to the Living New Deal, a University of California-Berkeley project that catalogs New Deal projects still in use today, some New Deal projects in Los Angeles and the surrounding area...

Latest answer posted June 4, 2012 12:59 am UTC

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What were the two major sides that critics took in response to the New Deal programs?

There were two major criticisms of the programs of the New Deal. One set of criticisms came from the right of the political spectrum. According to this group of critics, the New Deal was a major...

Latest answer posted May 24, 2012 4:31 pm UTC

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Why was there a second depression in 1938?

The answer to this is debated, with some critics of the New Deal arguing that the economic downturn of 1937-38 was a result of the inflationary monetary policy pursued by the federal government in...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2013 3:37 am UTC

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In the Court-packing struggle of 1937, both sides won and both sides lost.  Could you explain this please?

One of the other reasons that the Court reversed itself in the aftermath of the court-packing fight was that most of the more conservative justices (and indeed some that were not so conservative)...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2013 8:35 pm UTC

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What was the Social Security Act of 1935?

The Social Security Act was a law passed in 1935 that set up the Social Security system that continues to exist in the US to this day. The system has been modified at times since 1935, but the...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2011 2:33 pm UTC

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How did the Southeners react to Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal? 

The main Southern reaction to the New Deal was to try to make the programs of the New Deal work for them while minimizing the extent to which they could be used to try to change the South's...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2012 1:51 pm UTC

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How was the New Deal structured?

One way to look at the structure of the New Deal is to say that it was made up of three general types of programs. These were relief programs, recovery programs, and reform programs. Relief...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2012 6:01 am UTC

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Why was the New Deal needed?

The New Deal was needed because the US economy had been damaged so badly by the Great Depression and because people had lost confidence in the future of the economy. After the onset of the...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2012 9:50 pm UTC

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Who was Dr. Francis E. Townsend?

Dr. Francis Townsend was a critic of the New Deal who attacked it from the political "left." That is, he believed that the New Deal did not do enough to help the poor. Townsend had a plan for...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2012 7:59 am UTC

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How did the Tennessee Valley Authority help?

When historians look at the New Deal, they tend to say that it had programs that were aimed at three separate goals. There were “relief” programs that were meant to help people who needed money...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2013 8:21 pm UTC

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In what ways were African Americans especially affected by the New Deal? What were the strengths and limitations of...

The New Deal is a collection of 1930s reforms sponsored by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt that aimed to address and correct the underlying economic causes of the Great Depression. The New...

Latest answer posted April 2, 2019 1:11 pm UTC

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A tough problem for historians to evaluate is how successful the New Deal was in ending the Great Depression. What do...

The New Deal clearly did not end the Great Depression. The New Deal definitely ameliorated the problems connected to the Depression, but it definitely did not end the Depression. We can tell that...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2013 3:18 am UTC

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Why was the Supreme Court hostile to many New Deal programs?

The Supreme Court was hostile to many New Deal programs because it was made up largely of justices who had been appointed by conservative presidents. This meant that they largely shared the common...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2013 1:59 am UTC

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Discuss the policy elements of the initial overtures in President Franklin Roosevelt’s “New Deal”?

For President Roosevelt, the banking sector represented the first chords in the logistic and policy symphony that was the New Deal. The President understood that reforming and helping to provide...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2012 12:28 am UTC

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How would a critique of the New Deal from the perspective of a conservative differ from a critique from the...

The major difference between these two critiques would be that a conservative would think that the New Deal represented too great of a change while a radical would say that it did not change things...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2013 5:14 pm UTC

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Explain how the Depression and New Deal fundamentally changed the role of government in the lives of the American...

The federal government's response to the Great Depression with the New Deal marked a permanent change in domestic policy. Previously, the government took a rather hands-off approach to manage the...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2020 9:35 pm UTC

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