Poverty, unemployment and despair clouded the “American Dream” and intensified the urgency for solutions to address and control the nationwide damage.
President Franklin Roosevelt proposed the New Deal to detoxify the nation of its suffering.
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The New Deal The United States encountered many ordeals during the Great Depression (1929-1939).
In terms of relief, the New Deal provided lots of opportunities for families and individuals with good intent but had some unconstuitional faults or unhelpful.
For example the Agricultural Adjustment Act which was declared unconstutional because of the controversy of killing livestock and crops when many citizens were starving.However, America was at itseconomic peak then and after such an economic catastrophe as the Wall Street Crash, it would have bordered on the impossibility for Roosevelt to have got back to the 1928 figure.If the 1933 figure is taken as a baseline figure – the year Roosevelt took office as president – then a different pattern emerges.There was no nationalization of industry, and the social safety net created by Social Security paled by European standards.Observers noted that his plan went far enough to silence the "lunatic fringe," but not far enough to jeopardize capitalism or democracy.Economists who attacked the New Deal claimed that all the acts introduced by the New Deal were short-term policies and that there was no long term planning for America’s future.In one sense, they felt, that those who had come to rely on the New Deal were being conned as all the evidence pointed to the fact that at some time in the near future, they were likely to be made unemployed once again – after all, there were only so many trees you could plant and lakes in which to stock fish.The historian William Leuchtenburg believed that only World War Two got America out of the Depression.Arthur Schlesinger claims that the New Deal only got the wheels of industry turning but no more.FDR's confidence was contagious as millions turned to him for guidance during their darkest hours.His mastery of the radio paved the way for the media-driven 20th-century Presidency.