What were the achievements and failures of the New Deal?

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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 unemployed got assistance to make their lives less harsh.  Second, it helped set up a system that would improve the American economy in the long run.  It did this through such things as Social Security and the Tennessee Valley Authority.

However, the New Deal was not a complete success.  Most notably, it failed to end the Depression.  The US economy did not return to full strength until the start of WWII in Europe led to more production in the US.