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Franklin D. Roosevelt
The Great Depression

Why did Roosevelt introduce the New Deal?

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September 26, 2015 3:51AM

Roosevelt's New Deal Roosevelt introduced the New Deal in

response to the Great Depression of the 1930s which started when

the stock market crashed in 1929. The New Deal was intended to help

people get back on their feet and make the economy solvent again.

Input from other contributors:

  • The New Deal was introduced to transform America's economy

    which had been shattered by the Wall Street Crash. The downturn

    that followed the Wall Street Crash also had a psychological impact

    on America and that Roosevelt was actually doing something did a

    great deal to boost America's self-esteem. In Roosevelt's first

    Hundred Days many acts were introduced which made the basis of the

    New Deal. The New Deal was to cover as many issues that could be

    solved ; social, economic, financial etc. The New Deal introduced

    acts that became part of the law and various agencies that worked

    with the government, ensuring that the acts were kept. The country

    got in a state of depression because Hoover had offered no

    alternative to the Republican view of leaving people alone and that

    problems will sort themselves out without the help of the

    government. Roosevelt had strong personal beliefs. He believed in

    an 'active Government' to improve the lives of ordinary people. He

    also had a firm belief in the 'American Dream.' That meant that

    anyone who worked hard enough could become rich. This became a

    strong ethos that many Americans believed in. Roosevelt knew that

    he could bring America into recovery with the New Deal and the many

    agencies and acts that were to be passed to solve issues raised by

    the depression.

  • The New Deal was a political campaign tactic for Roosevelt.

    Dressing it up more than that is just looking at history with rose

    colored glasses. If a president used language like this today we'd

    see it for what it is: pure politics.

(2nd answer)

Franklin Delano Roosevelt introduced the new deal

because of several reasons, one of the main reasons were because he

wanted to take America out of the depression and wanted to

transform America's economy which had been shattered by the Wall

Street Crash, as well as this he wanted an active government, also

he wanted to fulfil the American dream. Roosevelt planned to use

the full power of the government to do this. In Roosevelt's first

Hundred Days many acts were introduced which made the basis of the

New Deal.

Roosevelt was also an excellent politician. He knew the

New Deal programs, many of doubtful constitutionality, would be

immensely popular with his supporters and get him and his party

re-elected.


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