New Deal Successes and Failures

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The New Deal: Successes and Failures In 1932 Franklin Delano Roosevelt was sworn in as president of the United States during the greatest economic downturn, The Great Depression. After much of the blame falling on the shoulders of republican president Hoover, many Americans turned to the democratic solution, Roosevelt. First thing in office President “Roosevelt promised, ‘A new deal for the American people’”, giving them great hope in a turn for the better (BBC Bitesize). FDR had three main goals of the New Deal: to relieve those suffering from the effects of the Great Depression, recover the depressed the economy, and reform the society so a crisis would be avoided in the future. FDR also reassured Americans with quotes such as “let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself – nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror”, during his inaugural speech. After having promised that his “New Deal” would make a difference, FDR faced the daunting pressure to take the “bold steps to solve the nation’s problems”. Roosevelt’s New Deal would be the largest, most expensive government program in the history of the American presidency (History.com). The New Deal legislation Roosevelt set in motion created many agencies to bring relief, recovery, and reform to our nation during the “Great Depression”. From 1933-1935 Franklin Roosevelt and congress worked together to put many programs into action to pull America out of depression. This series of legislative initiatives known as the New Deal would have successes and failures in its attempt to revive America. The New Deal consisted of psychological and practical support for Americans in the current depression crisis. One psychological aspect was the Fireside chats FDR had with the nation, the first of 30 being in March 1933. About 60 million Americans gathered around their radios for fireside chats
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