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Roosevelt's New Deal restored confidence in the American economy, but it was the most costly government programme in the countries history. Watch this video to decide whether it was a success or failure.

Was the New Deal a success or failure?

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Key points

  • The New Deal restored American confidence in the economy.
  • By 1937, unemployment was cut from 25% to 14%. Schools, hospitals and roads were built and capitalism was saved.
  • However, it was accused of wasting money. It failed to fully beat unemployment and many of the jobs it created were only temporary.
  • Jobs were aimed at white, American men, so women, African Americans, and immigrants were discriminated against.

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