Great Depression Essay Outline

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The Roaring Twenties were drawing to an end when the Great Depression began in August of 1929. The Roaring Twenties were a time of profound social, economic, and political transformation in American history. For the first time, there were more urban residents than rural ones in America. From 1920 and 1929, the overall wealth of the country more than doubled. The Great Depression saw a rapid rise in crime as many unemployed workers turned to petty theft to put food on the table. Malnutrition incidents and suicide rates were both on the rise. Prostitution was on the rise as women sought for ways to pay their expenses. (https://www.ushistory.org/us/48e.asp#:~:text=The%20Great%20Depression%20brought%20a,ways%20to%20pay%20the%20bills). Despite President Roosevelt's efforts, the Great Depression persisted, with rising unemployment, an unsteady economy, and farmers struggling in the Dust Bowl. With Roosevelt's inauguration in 1933, the financial reform legislation, emergency relief programs, job relief programs, and agricultural initiatives all became a reality. With expanded government control over the economy and the money supply, interventions to regulate prices and agricultural output, the creation of the federal welfare state, and the growth of trade union organizations, the New Deal marked a …show more content…

The WPA was successful in its efforts to employ 3.5 million people, build roads, bridges, and cultural artifacts, as well as in assisting the US economy in overcoming its worst economic crisis. However, it was expensive to operate, was not cost-effective, and did not fairly compensate its participants. Throughout the 1930s, not everyone supported the WPA. Senator from North Carolina Josiah Bailey and other opponents said that the program was too costly and would raise taxes. They said it failed to solve the unemployment

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