The Good and Bad of Roosevelt's New Deal Essay

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The Good and Bad of Roosevelt's New Deal The era of the Great Depression was by far the worst shape the United States had ever been in, both economically and physically. Franklin Roosevelt was elected in 1932 and began to bring relief with his New Deal. In his first 100 days as President, sixteen pieces of legislation were passed by Congress, the most to be passed in a short amount of time. Roosevelt was re-elected twice, and quickly gained the trust of the American people. Many of the New Deal policies helped the United States economy greatly, but some did not. One particularly contradictory act was the Agricultural Adjustment Act, which was later declared unconstitutional by Congress. Many things also stayed very consistent in …show more content…
It would determine proper bargaining units, conduct elections for union representation and investigate charges of unfair labor practices. The Rural Electrification Act was imposed to administer load programs for electrification and telephone services in rural areas. Another roadblock for the New Deal came in 1937 when Congress declared the National Labor Relations Board unconstitutional. Although the New Deal had some setbacks, and some programs did more harm than good, there was also a fair amount of productivity from the New Deal. For instance, the Civilian Conservation Corps still has an impact on American's lives even after more than 60 years. It was instituted in 1933 when President Roosevelt asked Congress for unemployment relief. The result came in the form of public works. Suddenly, 2.5 million out of work, physically fit, unmarried men aged 18-25 found employment. They made $30 per week on salary, but signed a contract stating that $25 would go to their families. CCC members planted trees, and other various recreational projects. Over the years, they constructed 41,000 bridges, 3,982,000 dams for erosion control and did soil conservation work on 4 million acres in 31 states. Both the Appalachian Trail and Oregon Crest Trail were Civilian Conservation Corps projects. The Works Progress Administration was also instituted to help

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