The Path to Recovery

What, exactly, is the New Deal?

The New Deal was a series of federal programs set by Franklin Delano Roosevelt (The president during the Great Depression and during WWII) in order to save Capitalism and to resolve issues brought upon the people by the Great Depression. The main goals for the New Deal was the reform of the economy and the recovery of the people from the Depression. The programs managed to help the financial branch of the economy recover from the Stock Market Crash of 1929 by stabilizing the banks and cleaning up the mess it caused. It also helped to steady prices for industrial and agricultural products, and it also saved state and local governments from bankruptcy. Another part of American society that the New Deal was responsible for fixing was the jobs. Because 25 percent of all Americans were unemployed in 1933, the Government had created a set of job agencies, in which millions of people recovered from the Depression. Some job agencies were the Civil Conservation Corps (CCC), which enabled young men to earn money for digging trenches, building dams, and planting trees, and the Works Progress Administration (WPA) which enabled 8.5 million people in the US to build architecture (Such as bridges, public buildings, and airports), roads, and parks. Perhaps one of the most important things that the New Deal was responsible for, however, was moral uplift. Due to the vast increase of jobs and the improvement of the economy, many citizens were able to become optimistic about a bright future, as they were able to bring a ruined society back to shape in less than a decade.

Work Relief

Work Relief was the helping of the unemployed by putting them into public work by the Government; in turn, the Government would pay them the money earned by working. A part of the New Deal, FDR decided to make job programs in order to comply with his statement to bring the US back into the game. The job programs were highly successful, as they were able to put millions of people back into work. Some programs that FDR had created were the Civil Conservation Corps and the Work Progress Administration. The two programs alone brought back over 10 million people back into work by having people conserve the wildlife along with building more human-made objects, such as buildings, city parks, bridges, and roads.