Franklin D. Roosevelt And The New Deal: 1932-1940

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The United States of America is a great Nation with a history of progress, regress, dominance, and in some cases dependence. A time period that is cemented in the brains of all Americans and will be for eternity is the Great Depression. The Nation was faced with poverty on a large scale and a government corrupted by greed and power, or lack thereof. In 1932 President Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected as President and introduced to America the New Deal. In this paper I will compare FDR’s presidency and the New Deal against Williams E. Leuchtenburg’s “Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal: 1932-1940” and our text book “The American Journey.” President Roosevelt served 12 years and 42 days as President totaling 3 full terms. His consecutive…show more content…
Goldfield, et al., categorizes the early stages of the new deal as fitful and uneven. Millions still were unemployed despite the billions of dollars spent toward creating jobs for Americans. This considerable amount of spending led critics to believe that too little had been achieved and too much had been attempted Goldfield, et al reports. Leuchtenburg agreed, believing that programs such as the Agricultural Adjustment Act, the National Recovery Act, or the Civilian Conservation Corps were moving, but not moving enough to put the country on a road to a speedy recovery. Leuchtenburg finds that the programs did not boost purchasing power or increase business…show more content…
In 1935 Roosevelt was under political pressure and took on political and social reforms that some called the Second New Deal. Goldfield, et al, says that the Social Security Act, which was part of the second new deal was of long-range importance. The authors report that the Great Depression moved the United States to accept the idea that federal government should the poor and unemployed. The American Journey seen the Social Security Act to be Stingy and weak in its early stages. Leuchtenburg agreed with the views reporting that the Act excluded many classes and was inept because it did not set up any national standards. Although the Act lacked effectiveness it did illuminate the new Humanitarian path the Government was

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