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The New Deal Experiment: Were The Government's Reforms Enough? Taylor Pages AMH1020: U.S History Dawn M. Dyer, Ph. D. March 1, 2020 The era of the Great Depression, the stock market crash of 1929 crippiled the American economy, causing people to lose their investments, jobs, and even homes. Franklin D. Roosevelt,
1 the president of this time, was not going to just stand by and do nothing. Roosevelt put in place The New Deal, an arrangement of reforms intended to respond to the needs for relief, reform, and recovery from The Great Depression. Martha Gellhorn, a reporter sent out by Roosevelt got a first hand look at the lives of ordinary citizens and their daily struggles, this was for him to better comprehend what changes were needed. Similarly to Gellhorn, there were others who believed changes were essential, like Jose Floores who was one of those ordinary citizens, struggling for his rights. On the other hand, there were conservatives such as Hoover and Hardin who criticized The New Deal in their own writings. There were many working people who favored The New Deal and believed in the efforts Roosevelt made to help aid them, but in a different point of view, there were others who thought his reforms went too far and even made a mockery of what it means to be an American. Franklin D. Roosevelt's main goals for The New Deal was relief for the poor and unemployed, and recovery of the economy back to normal, but to do that he needed more insight into what daily struggles citizens were facing. Roosevelt's domestic advisor, Harry Hopkins sent reporters throughout the country to observe the struggles of citizens. One reporter named Martha Gellhorn went to North Carolina and came face to face with deprivation in these communities. While she was there she visited many homes, and in every home, whether they were workers or unemployed, there was a picture of Franklin Roosevelt, some were newspaper clipping while others were big framed prints.

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