The New Deal : The Great Depression Essay

1821 Words Mar 18th, 2016 8 Pages
The New Deal, the Great Depression, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt were some of the most riveting and controversial topics of the 1930s, and they remain to be controversial to this day. Economists, historians, and political figures all continue to argue on the effects of the three on today’s economy, and most importantly, whether the New Deal ended the Great Depression. While the typical argument of the left is that it did not prolong the Great Depression, many progressives criticize FDR for taking the New Deal far enough and conceding to the right too much, with goals like a balanced budget. And while the common argument of the right is the New Deal did prolong the Great Depression, both the far-left and far-right saw him as a centrist, unwilling to commit to an ideology.

Throughout the half-century long discussion of whether the New Deal prolonged the Great Depression, myths from both sides of the aisle have been cited to support each argument, such as the real unemployment rate, the real cause for his constant re-elections, and the real effectiveness of the programs. The New Deal did have many benefits: the countless regulations it put in place in support of worker safety, the slashing of unemployment rates, and the restored patriotism the county had. FDR was one of the most charismatic and confident presidents the US has ever had, and it is no question that those traits helped him rally the country to pass these reforms and ultimately boost morale. The patriotism was…

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