The response of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s administration to the problems of the Great Depression was somewhat effective while changing the role of the Federal government.
Franklin Roosevelt’s responses to the problems of the Great Depression were effective in the ways that he pulled the nation back into a prosperous time. He was able to change the way women were treated by providing them with jobs and educations which is covered in Document A. He used the banker’s holiday to help people trust the banks more by only opening the ones that were true. In his first 100 days of office he was able to create and carry out his plans for restructuring America, which was later named “Alphabet Soup” due to the excess amounts of acronyms. He created the Agriculture Adjustment Act (AAA) which raised prices of crops to stimulate the economy; He also created the Social Security act that provided pensions for the elderly people in the workforce which is displayed in Document E. With the elderly out of the workforce it created room for younger and better able workers. Upon creating social security, a minimum wage was put in order to help put all beginning workers on the same level. With minimum wage and social security in order, it provided a stable ground for work unions to form which were accepted by the government’s pro-union attitude which is displayed in Document G.
His responses also had a down side, or a less effective side to them also such as the fact that unemployment ended abruptly because of the beginning of World War II and not solely on his plans. The role of blacks was also still questioned and they were still discriminated against in the military and in every day life. Government spending also became a large issue because of the facts that for every dollar that was made for the United States was also spent on foreign affairs such as the war and domestic issues such as economic restructuring.