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In many ways he shortened the Depression by putting a lot of people to work. But he may have also contributed to the depth (not the length) of the Depression by raising taxes and curbing government spending too early.

As far as prolonging the Depression, that was pretty much shut down by WWII and FDR didn't have any control over when that started.

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The major effect of the Great Depression on America was expanded government intervention into new areas of social and economic affairs and the creation of more social assistance agencies at the national level. The relationship between the national government and the people changed drastically. The government took on a greater role in the everyday social and economic lives of the people. The New Deal programs of FDR also created a liberal political alliance made up of labor unions, blacks and other ethnic and religious minorities, intellectuals, the poor, and some farmers. These groups became the backbone of the Democratic Party for decades following the Depression. Not everyone supported the New Deal. As a formula for economic recovery, the New Deal failed. Many businessmen and financiers did not support the economic measures of the New Deal. With the recession of 1937, many business leaders and politicians claimed that FDR’s policies were a failure and the attempt to maintain prosperity during peacetime was not successful at all. Many felt that the Depression was just part of the free enterprise (capitalistic) system correcting itself and the laws, such as supply and demand, of the free enterprise system would eventually heal the economy. The Great Depression and the New Deal measure led to the domestic programs of JFK’s New Frontier, and LBJ’s Great Society and War on Poverty.

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Franklin D. Roosevelt instituted work programs, food programs, changed the way stocks were traded and changed the Federal Reserve. This helped public confidence. Then the war effort brought us out of the Great Depression.

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The depression did end and since Roosevelt was the president when it ended he was given credit for ending it and it made him wildly successful in the 1936 presidential election.

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