The New Deal

By Jesse Johnson

What is The New Deal?

The New Deal was a series of bills passed soon after Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected that helped stimulate the economy and began to bring America out of the Great Depression.

Some people opposed The New Deal

The three largest opposers, and greatest threats, were Charles Coughlin, Frances Townsend, and Huey Long. Coughlin promised a guaranteed annual income and nationalization of banks but his Anti-Semetic views eventual brought him to his demise. Francis Townsend didn't agree with the lack of help for poorer people and older people but he didn't have enough support to beat FDR. Huey Long wanted a social program called Share-Our-Wealth and was very widely supported but he was assassinated before he was given the chance to defeat FDR.

What was so great about The New Deal?

The New Deal included bills like the Glass-Steagall Act of 1933, the Federal Securities Act, the Agricultural Adjustment Act, the Civilian Conservation Corps, and the National Industrial Recovery Act. Each of those bills created jobs, money, and helped dig our nation out of the Great Depression. Most bills helped out just some small groups of people but because so many bills were passed, practically everyone was helped in some way by the new bills.
The New Deal was started by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. It was named The New Deal because in one of his speeches he promised "a new deal for the American People." It lasted roughly from March 9th to June 16th in 1933 and during that period more than 15 major pieces of New Deal legislation was passed by Congress. Although the beginning of his presidency got a lot of good things done, the end did not, and he almost didn't win the next election for four more years.