The New Deal Essay

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The New Deal

In the early 1930's in the midst of the largest economic crisis our country has ever seen newly elected Democratic President Franklin D. Roosevelt was faced with the task of figuring out a way to pull our country out of the terrible depression that seemed to have no end. To rally the country and try and jump start the economy and the people from the apparent standstill that gripped the nation President Roosevelt implemented a plan that became known as the ‘New Deal’. The New Deal was America’s introduction to government entitlement programs. The era of President Franklin Roosevelt and the New Deal sparked change in the country that has left lasting effects on our economic, political and social behavior.
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The Civilian Conservation Corp(CCC) was one of these programs, it gave the opportunity of young men between the ages of 18-25 to take part in quasi-military camps which allowed them to take part in conservation projects, such as planting trees, creating wildlife sanctuaries, and resource conservation for $30 a month. The CWA or Civil Works Administration also gave work opportunities to the citizens. The jobs ranged from digging ditches to school teaching. This program did not last long but was one of many employment programs which were favored by the government over a welfare system.

Also enacted during this time were the Agriculture Adjustment Administration (AAA), the National Recovery Administration(NRA), and the Public Works Administration(PWA). The AAA was started to try and boost the economy through the agriculture industry. The government gave money to farmers who cut back on production of their crop, thus limiting the supply and increasing the market value. This program was successful in boosting the Agriculture Industry by nearly 50%, but was highly criticized because it raised the price of food and clothing at a time when the majority of the population were already destitute and in great need of food and clothing. Severe droughts and wind storms created what is known as the ‘Dust Bowl’ in the mid-west and increased the scarcity of

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