How did American society change in the two decades after the First World War?
In the two decades after World War I, American society changed in many ways. Americans started buying more consumer goods and technology, the road systems were expanded, and wages increased. Unfortunately, this boom of success did not last. The stock market crashed and we went into The Great Depression. During The Great Depression, Americans would listen to the radio, watch their televisions, or go to the drive in theaters (Bowles, 2011).
How did the federal government change in response to those changes?
During this time, the federal government turned and started doing everything they could to help those in need. They put in place more regulations to control big business better, and to help the starving families, T.D. Roosevelt created The Civilian Conservation Corps. The CCC provided jobs for both white and black men, paid them a decent amount of money at the time, and put them to work restoring our great nation of the valuable resources we had depleted over time (Stone, 2009). In 1934, Huey Long made a speech on the radio that pleaded to the American people to set a cap on the amount of money each American could have, that way all Americans could have fair share of the wealth. The motto was "Every Man a King" (Long, 1934).
How did the American people respond to the changing role of the federal government?
Many men noticed their friends going into the CCC and coming home with new clothes and money, so they too decided to join the CCC. Other Americans did not like the CCC working near their homes, especially men of color and would refuse the men service if they came into town (Stone, 2009). The Farmer benefited greatly from the CCC because they replenished the fields with essential nutrients to continue using the field for crops.
How did the New Deal change over time and what alternatives were offered to it?