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Lasting Effects Of The New Deal

What were the effects of the New Deal?

The effects of the New Deal were the implementation of Social Security, a forty-hour work week, minimum wage, child labor laws, federally insured bank deposits, and federally insured home mortgages. The New Deal was intended to provide federal protections for the American people.

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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 primary role of the federal government is safeguarding the well-being of the American citizen through legislation and programs that offer the average person a measure of security. As Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt insisted, the average citizen should have the security the rich do to know that their lives will not be destroyed (though they may still be disrupted) due to unforeseen circumstances, such as stock market crashes.

Lasting effects of the New Deal include Social Security, a program that workers and employers pay into so they can retire when they reach old age. This is a popular program with very broad support. Other changes from the New Deal that have become embedded in our social fabric include the forty-hour work week, minimum wage, the end of child labor, federally insured bank...

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