Did The New Deal Prolong The Great Depression

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Discussion Paper #1.2, “Did the New Deal Prolong the Great Depression” Burton W. Folsom Jr. argues that Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal stretched out the length of the Great Depression due to the funds it filtered towards special interest groups in a spiral of spending and improper utilization of excise taxes. He writes that the U.S hike in excise taxes was a poor choice. Even more, since the funds filtered towards certain special interest groups disappeared after the first New Deal ended, it left many unemployed and vulnerable again. As a matter of fact, Folsom notes that Roosevelt is rated as one of the greatest presidents, yet his New Deal did far from great things to the American people. However, the Great Depression darkened the economies
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