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The 1930s were one of the most difficult times in American history It was the time of the Great Depression Millions of Americans suffered hardships as the economy continued to be in a freefall Many Americans were unemployed and lost almost everything the owned This created social and economic unrest as America was ripe for a change In 1932 America realized it was time for a change and elected Franklin Delano Roosevelt in a landslide vote Roosevelt promised to help end the depression and with his New Deal The New Deal was Roosevelts plan to end the Great Depression Through increased government spending FDR enacted numerous public works programs in an effort to simulate the economy The New Deals alphabet soup this was the nickname for the numerous programs FDR enacted was FDRs plan to people out of the depression The New Deal affected different industries and groups of Americans in unique ways One of the groups hardest hit by the Great Depression were the farmers Due to overproduction and under consumption after World War I and during the 1920s the prices of crops fell dramatically As a result of the low prices Farmers incomes dramatically fell The farmer was in dire straits as the Great Depression hit The farmers were crucial to the American economy and FDR and the New Deal intended to help them In the first one hundred days of the New Deal Roosevelt attempted to help the farmers by establishing the Agricultural Adjustment Act AAA The AAA was intended to help restore purchasing power of farmers It restored the price parody that helped farmers make all that money during the war It main plan was to reduce the size of crops by paying farmers to plow there crops under This in theory would drive up the price of the crops There were a few problems with the AAA though It was perceived as cruel because the government was destroying crops
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