In what ways did the plight of working men and women, especially unions, improve under Franklin Roosevelt?

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The lives of working people improved during the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt in at least three ways.  First, FDR got Congress to pass laws creating programs that gave jobs to people who needed them.  Second, the New Deal helped to improve the economy, thus making most workers at least somewhat better-off than they had been.  Finally, FDR helped persuade Congress to pass laws giving unions more rights.  All of these were ways in which the “plight” of workers improved.

During the Depression, many people lost their jobs.  They were unemployed and needed money.  With the coming of the New Deal, many programs such as the WPA were created to provide them with jobs and money.  This would, obviously, improve their lives.

Particularly in the early years of the Depression, the economy was in very bad shape.  This made it very hard for workers to find jobs and get good pay.  The New Deal helped to improve the economy.  This meant that it became easier for workers to find jobs in the private sector.  This would have improved their lives as well.

In the 1920s, labor unions had become very weak.  President Roosevelt helped pass laws that strengthened them.  The most important of these was the Wagner Act.  With the passage of these laws, unions became much stronger.  This was good for workers because it helped them to get higher wages and better working conditions.  This is the final way in which the lives of workers improved under President Franklin D. Roosevelt.


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