New Deal Dbq

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In 1929, one of the worst economic disasters in United States history struck. This was called the Great Depression. The Great depression is blamed on the stock market crash in 1929, of which the effects lasted almost ten years. In 1933 President Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected for the first time. Later President Franklin D. Roosevelt would be known as the first United States president elected four times in a row. In 1933 President Roosevelt passed the First New Deal to help the United States get out of the Great Depression. The First New Deal was getting criticised and bashed upon, so President Roosevelt decided to make the Second New Deal, just two years later. Both New Deals were unsuccessful at helping the Great Depression. There are …show more content…

African Americans already had it hard enough but with the New Deal it was even harder for them. The FRA (Federal Housing Authority) was also a big part of it. “The Federal Housing Authority refused to guarantee mortgages for blacks who tried to buy in white neighborhoods”(African Americans and the New Deal). Around forty percent of black workers made their living as sharecroppers and tenant farmers which then the AAA hit African Americans like a bus. They were forced off their land and had to move somewhere else. “The AAA’s policies forced more than 100,000 blacks off the land in 1933 and 1934. (African Americans and the New Deal)” The life for a African American was already difficult without the New Deal and now President Roosevelt had made it even more difficult for them. Although he did make life for African Americans harder, the life of Native Americans was better. Congress was able to give over 10 million dollars to tribes which allowed them to be more successful. Even though he helped the Native Americans he made it very horrible for the Africans which makes The New Deal a …show more content…

For all of the New Deal’s effort, the Great Depression hadn't really ended until 1945. That was 12 years after The Stock Market crash of 1929. The United States was in Economic Depression for over 12 years! The United States still had a high unemployment rate even after both the First New Deal and The Second New Deal. When the First New Deal was passed the unemployment rate was 22.5 percent (Unemployment Statistics). Two years later it was still at 14.2 percent which is still very high (Unemployment Statistics). In the past month of January 2017, the average unemployment rate was 4.8 percent which is very low compared to the whopping 14.2 percent after the Second New Deal passed (NCSL Report). Before the 1929 Stock Market Crash the unemployment rate was 3.2% which is even better than the unemployment rate now (Unemployment Statistics). So that means that The New Deal was unsuccessful at bringing down the unemployment percentage back to normal. The unemployment rate being so high meant that there was much poverty. Many people were very poor and had little money, even to buy food, which is why many people were starving. In the end, The New Deal did not help. The New Deal was a failure because of the Depression still continuing, including the high unemployment rates. Although President Roosevelt’s New Deal did not help that much, he did help decrease the unemployment percentage over 8

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