The Success of the New Deal in Solving the Problems Caused by the Great Depression
Introduction- In the late 1920’s and early 1930’s the whole of America
was in a deep depression and was in desperate need of help. When
Franklin D Roosevelt was elected president of USA he came up with the
plan of “the new deal” this was a planned guideline to regenerate
money and the high standards of living the Americans once had not so
long ago. He introduced 5 major organisations to restructure the
American way of life they were now facing; these were the F.E.R.A,
C.C.C, A.A.A, T.V.A and the N.R.A. In this essay I am going to study
if “the new deal” was successful up to 1941.
During the Great Depression, when as many as one out of four Americans
could not find jobs, the federal government stepped in to become the
employer of last resort. The Works Progress Administration (WPA), an
ambitious New Deal program, put 8,500,000 jobless to work, mostly on
projects that required manual labour. With “Uncle Sam” meeting the
payroll, countless bridges, highways and parks were constructed or
In an effort to "put Americans back to work" during the Great
Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) enrolled over 100,000 young Michigan
men to perform a variety of conservation and reforestation projects.
Between 1933 and 1942, the Michigan CCC planted 484 million trees,
spent 140,000 days fighting forest fires and constructed 7,000 miles
of truck trails, 504 bridges and 222 buildings.
President Franklin Roosevelt needed innovative solutions if the New
Deal was to lift the nation out of the depths of the Great Depression,
and TVA was one of his most innovative ideas. Roosevelt envisioned TVA
as a totally different kind of agency. He asked Congress to create “a
corporation clothed with the power of government but possessed of the
flexibility and initiative of a private enterprise.” On May 18, 1933,
Congress passed the TVA act. Right from the start, TVA established a
unique problem-solving approach to fulfilling its mission-integrated
resource management. Each issue TVA faced—whether it was power
production, navigation, flood control, malaria prevention,
reforestation, or erosion control—was studied in its broadest context.
The N.R.A was an act called for industrial self-regulation and
declared that codes of fair competition-for the protection of
consumers, competitors, and employers-were to be drafted for the
various industries of the country and were to be subject to public
hearings. The administration was empowered to make voluntary
agreements dealing with hours of work, rates of pay, and the fixing of
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