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The years of the Great Depression were a time of great change in American society New reforms were an attempt by President Franklin Roosevelt to relieve unemployment poverty and alter the economy to bring the Great Depression to an end However it was not until the 1940s after Americas involvement in World War II that the effects of the depression ended While these new policies did help to prevent the economic crisis from becoming any worse it was Americas entry into World War II that restored the countrys economy The reform movements did not end the Great Depression in the late 1930s Through policies such as the TVA project and the Works Progress Administration the downward economic trend was slowed down but did not bring about lasting economic reforms Document H By 1940 several years after reforms were implemented fifteen percent of the nations working force still did not have a job Document A While the government started the WPA to employ jobless Americans assistance especially to women was limited to domestic jobs Roosevelts plan offered what appeared to be promising advances but was often proven ineffective Document D The policies did not provide permanent solutions to unemployment problems Also certain aspects of the New Deal were deemed unconstitutional by the Supreme Court ruling of Schechter v United States Document E For this reason the New Deal and many reforms during the great depression had few lasting impacts on American society US entry into the war provided a solution for many problems that had challenged supporters of the reform movements The events leading to the outbreak of war and subsequent American entry into it are of an importance and interest so great it is difficult to exaggerate Document C The war not reforms brought about full employment through industrial expansion Mobilization for
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