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The book Fifty Years Later: The New Deal Evaluated was edited by American historian Harvard Sitkoff. Author William E. Leuchtenburg had brought forth a distinctive view on the New Deal, while at the period of President Roosevelt. As conclusions of relevant researches, many controversial debates surrounding The New Deal in The United States in 1933 were apparently asserted to generate various positive factors in America in social and cultural terms. The chapters were categorized according to the influences of The New Deal in different social perspectives. These writings thoroughly investigated into the outcome and people’s reflection on policies brought by Roosevelt. They had revealed the genuine existence of improvement of civil rights and cultural acknowledgements. Though as a matter of fact, The New Deal was highly criticized due to its occasional inconsistence, the denial of this whole thing is unfair if commentators only looked at the downside such as slow recovery in the economy and discrimination in races. Besides on the contrary, supporters who benefitted from The New Deal had otherwise to say. Leuchtenburg claimed that the objections toward The New Deal provided by the historians from the 1960s were “dressed up”. Their oppositions were actually derived from their disappointment with contemporary liberalism (Leuchtenburg). However, as The New Deal is perceived to be negligent elitist, the author argued that its accomplishments were never brought up to the table. Also the author implied that the critics never provided sound reasoning of the

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