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The Social Reforms of Franklin D Roosevelt It is common sense to take a method and try it explained Franklin D Roosevelt in 1933 If it fails admit it frankly and try another This adventurous attitude was characteristic of Roosevelt who in his four terms as President made boundless efforts to end the Depression of the 1930s and to turn back the Axis Powers in World War II Depression-stunned Americans first elected Roosevelt to office in 1932 after he promised them a new deal for American people Roosevelt plunged into the Presidency determined to restore American confidence because he felt that the national government had the final responsibility for the peoples welfare Between March and June 1933 known as the First Hundred Days Roosevelt easily persuaded Congress to create a series of New Deal agencies to combat the Depression The agencies formed included the Civilian Conservation Corps Federal Emergency Relief Administration Agricultural Adjustment Administration Tennessee Valley Authority Farm Security Administration Home Owners Loan Corporation and following months brought the creation of the Securities and Exchange Commission Also enacted during the First Hundred Days was legislation such as the Emergency Banking Relief Act and the National Industrial Recovery Act The Civilian Conservation Corps was created to put jobless young men to work in state forests and parks planting trees and constructing roads and erosion-control dams At its peak 500000 men between the ages of 18 and 25 were put to work by the Corps and a total of 25 million had seen service during its existence The most pressing problem facing Roosevelt when he took office was to aid the 13 to 15 million unemployed workers and their families The Federal Emergency Relief Administration was created and given a 500 million appropriation to provide food and other necessities for the unemployed FERA led to the creation of the Civil Works Administration which put millions of unemployed workers back to work through
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