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 na
med "Alphabet Soup" due to the excess amounts of acronyms. Upon creating social security, a minimum wage was put in order to help put all beginning workers on the same level. 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. With the various programs that were created, there was an increasing need for a larger government in order to run the new programs and to follow up on existing plans and programs which Document D explains. In the changing of the role of the Federal Government, Franklin Roosevelt was able to effectively eliminate various problems that the United States had faced during the Great Depression. With the elderly out of the workforce it created room for younger and better able workers. 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. 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. Franklin Roosevelt"tms responses to the problems of the Great Depression helped change the role of the Federal Government by making it larger and more charitable towards unions and minorities. With minimum wage and social security in order, it provided a stable ground for work unions to form which were accepted by the government"tms pro-union attitude which is displayed in Document G. Also his responses put the Supreme Court in control of the New Deal which better helped distribute the ideas and programs which is discussed in Document F.