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FDR's New Deal

FDR's New Deal

Discussion & Essay Questions

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    Big Picture

    1. What are the responsibilities of government during economic crises?
      • Direct assistance?
      • A job?
    2. Is there a danger that assistance will lead to dependence? Explain why or why not.
    3. How much debt should the government take on in order to provide assistance and create jobs?
    4. To what extent should the economy be allowed to heal itself?
    5. What evidence can you find that suggests a poor economy that is left alone will correct itself over time? 
    6. What evidence suggests the opposite—that a poor economy requires government assistance to right itself?