Role of Government
Roosevelt used the developing power of the government to create the New Deal which helped rebuild the nation. The executive branch was previously not involved in business or peoples’ lives. For example, when Hoover was the president, the veterans from World War I, also known as the Bonus Army, marched outside of the White House for the bonus that they were promised for serving their country, but Hoover had troops go out and break up the crowd while he barricaded himself in the White House. Then Roosevelt replaced Hoover, the involvement of government changed significantly. Roosevelt thought he could extend his power, so he did, and to an extreme. He came up with relief, recovery, and reform programs as a part of the New Deal. For example, the Agricultural Adjustment Act, which paid farmers to limit sizes of crops and herds on farms, was a recovery program because it was a temporary program that helped certain people, farmers in this case. Also First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt's efforts empowered women and got them more involved in government which got some of their individuality back into the nation. All in all, the role of government grew drastically, from the previous republican presidents', Harding, Coolidge, and Hoover, Laissez-Faire policy to the more hands-on approach of the democrats.
New Deal Programs for Rural America