New Deal Dbq

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Social security, which was a reform that signified the importance of supporting the American people during the Great Depression, the years between 1933 and 1938, was the heart of the New Deal. The Bill, which was signed by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1935, was meant to be used as a form of protection, “to thirty millions of our citizens who will reap direct benefits through unemployment compensation, through old-age pensions and through increased services for the protection of children and the prevention of ill health.” But the debate over the Social Security Bill led to some generalizations that passed over to most of the components of the New Deal, such as that the Social Security was too vast and complex, and discriminated certain groups…show more content…
But a tabloid published by the Los Angeles Times pinpointed the flaws that were imposed with this act. It was made clear that the bill was intended to address the aged and properly cared for, the man out of work with no fault to his own, the aid to dependent children, aid to the blind, and vocational education. This implicated that the New Deal formed and forced large burdens on the industry, but it did not help solve any of the problems at all. It was shortly after this article was published that an outrage began to follow and the White House began to receive countless amounts of letters referring to the ‘forgotten man,’ which was a phrase given by President Roosevelt on a radio address a few years back. “Security at the price of freedom is never desired by intelligent people,” was an excerpt from one of the many letters sent to Eleanor Roosevelt. The invested savings that the majority of the American people conducted resulted in a feeling of uncertainty, throwing all of the programs and polices developed by the New Deal under the table. “Believe me, the only thing we want from the president is for him to balance the budget and reduce taxes”. The American Public just wanted the President to reduce the taxes, instead of creating these plans and programs, that many citizens felt would not help them at…show more content…
In it, a woman identified only as M.A. expressed that she was "simply astounded to think that anyone could be nitwit enough to wish to be included in the so called social security act if they could possibly avoid it. Call it by any name you wish it, in my opinion, (and that of many people I know) is nothing but downright stealing." She along with countless of other American citizens felt disheartened by the new implications of the Social Security program. Many truly believe that the program would only benefit the upper class and protect them in this environment, and would leave behind the common man to fend for

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