Power shift from the state to federal government
The New Deal expanded the power of the federal government, giving it--and particularly the president--a more active role in shaping the economy. It did this by infusing the nation's economy with millions of dollars, by creating federal jobs, by attempting to regulate supply and demand, and by increasing the government's active participation in settling labor and management disputes. And although the New Deal did not end the Great Depression, it did help reduce the suffering of thousands of men, women, and children by providing them with jobs, food, and money. It also gave people hope and helped them to regain their sense of dignity.
By becoming much more active in every sphere of American life, the federal government took over many of the responsibilities that had traditionally been for state governments. The federal government began influencing state policy by giving grants to states for certain policy. At the end of the New Deal, the states would forever be weaker and dependent on the federal government for resources and support.
Did the founding fathers want the federal government to be this powerful?
Quiz 2 instructions
After you have studied the course materials on the New Deal and reviewed the vocabulary terms, you are ready to take Quiz 2. Good luck!