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Alphabet Soup for a Sick Nation - Roosevelt's New Deal



Alphabet Soup for a Sick Nation - Roosevelt's New Deal
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     challenging words:    foreclose, recovery-getting, untilled, wage, production, underway, banking, firms, launched, outdoor, dealt, camps, election, collapse, oath, reopened
     content words:    Franklin D., New Deal, Unemployment Relief Act, Civilian Conservation Corps, Federal Emergency Relief Administration, Home Owners Loan Corporation, Federal Housing Administration, National Industrial Recovery Act, Public Works Administration, Agricultural Adjustment Act


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Alphabet Soup for a Sick Nation - Roosevelt's New Deal
By Toni Lee Robinson
  

1     In the election of 1932, Franklin D. Roosevelt promised Americans a "new deal." Most people weren't quite sure what that meant. But the Depression had sunk cold fingers of poverty deep into the lives of common people. Most people were ready for almost any new deal. Roosevelt won forty-two of the forty-eight states.
 
2     The new president lost no time getting his New Deal underway. His first act dealt with the banking crisis. On the day before he took the oath of office, 5,000 banks had closed. The whole bank system teetered on the edge of collapse. Roosevelt announced a "bank holiday." All the banks in the nation were closed.
 
3     The president said that the records of banks would be inspected. Federal funds would be issued to those that were sound. They would then be opened for business. Those found to be on shaky ground would stay closed until they were healthy again. People felt that their money was safe in the reopened banks. They began to trust banks again. That ended the banking crisis.
 
4     Next, Roosevelt called a special session of Congress. He launched a stream of bills to put the New Deal in place. His first goal was relief for those in need of food, jobs, and homes. The next step was aiding recovery of business and farming. Then, Roosevelt planned reform -- fixing parts of the economy that hadn't worked very well.
 
5     The first laws were to help those in need. The New Deal started off with the Unemployment Relief Act. This bill created the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). The army managed this program. It hired men aged 18-25 to do outdoor projects. The workers lived in camps. They received hot meals, medical care, and clothes. They were paid thirty dollars a month. The CCC sent twenty-five dollars of that back to families of workers.

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