The New Deal and the Modern Welfare State Analytical Essay by Shaad

The New Deal and the Modern Welfare State
This paper explains how the radical reforms of Roosevelt paved the way for the modern welfare state.
# 128792 | 1,645 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2009 | BD

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The paper analyzes the New Deal and explains the crucial role it played in shaping the modern nation. The paper first presents the negative perspective of how Roosevelt's reforms clashed with both tradition and the constitution, and then introduces the severe circumstances that occasioned these radical policies. The paper catalogs the previous example set by Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson, and contrasts the first New Deal to the second. The paper concludes that even though the program failed to deliver the United States from the depression, we cannot doubt that it contributed to the creation of the modern welfare state.

From the Paper:

"The New Deal of President Roosevelt represents a highly controversial aspect of American policy, and the period in which it was effective poses severe problems towards historical analysis. There is no doubt that, to begin with, it was a knee-jerk reaction to the Great Crash of 1929 and the severe depression that followed in its wake. Roosevelt and the Democratic administration were under severe pressure to act. Buoyed by a landslide victory over Herbert Hoover in the 1932 election, Roosevelt launched into a frantic program of reform in the first 100 days of office. The reforms were of an exceedingly radical and daring nature, and through his action the President had indeed committed himself irrevocably. The New Deal program, as it came to be known, was therefore largely self-perpetuating. Over a course of 6 years the proponents and advocates of it claimed a modicum of success for the program. But the evidence in this regard remains controversial."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Abbott, Philip. The Exemplary Presidency: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the American Political Tradition. Cambridge, MA: University of Massachusetts Press, 1990.
  • Hamby, Alonzo L. For the survival of democracy: Franklin Roosevelt and the world crisis of the 1930s. New York: Free Press, 2004.
  • Hoover, Herbert. Memoirs: The great depression, 1929-1941. London: Macmillan, 1951.
  • Renshaw, Patrick. Franklin D. Roosevelt. London: Longman, 2004.
  • Schlesinger, Arthur Meier. The coming of the New Deal, 1933-1935. New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2003.

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