The New Deal And The Great Depression
The New Deal: America’s Demand to be Heard
The great depression left many people without homes, food, jobs, hope, or individuality. The economy had taken a massive down turn following the “Roaring 20’s” and mostly the lower and middle class suffered from it (Davidson 514). The Depression was the result of an overly optimistic view on life and economy. People assumed that the stock market, which was their go-to source of money, would simply grow forever as an endless resource. However, what comes up must also come down. The crash took many by surprise and the responsibly of fixing it when to the president (Davidson 514). The first president to try, Hoover, believed in a limited government. He believed that if a person was willing, they could work hard and be successful. Because of this, he gave only limited, indirect assistance to the masses of unemployed people (History). The second president to take on the economy was Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He took a much more active role in repairing American wealth and preventing future economic busts. The main groups of people affected was farmers, factory workers, urban business men, minorities, and women (History).
The life of a farmer was bleak during the Great Depression. They were producing way too much food and thus lowering food prices. In Georgia, cotton used to be sold for 12 cents a pound in 1929. That price quickly fell to five cents a pound in 1932 (Mazzari). Riots were common and people came together in…