The New Deal and World War 21

The New Deal and World War 21 - national reform legislation...

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The New Deal and World War II Roosevelt’s leadership through economic reconstruction, war ROOSEVELT AND THE NEW DEAL In 1933 the new president, Franklin D. Roosevelt, brought an air of confidence and  optimism that quickly rallied the people to the banner of his program, known as the New  Deal. “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself,” the president declared in his  inaugural address to the nation. In one sense, the New Deal merely introduced social and economic reforms familiar to  many Europeans for more than a generation. Moreover, the New Deal represented the  culmination of a long-range trend toward abandonment of “laissez-faire” capitalism,  going back to the regulation of the railroads in the 1880s, and the flood of state and 
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Unformatted text preview: national reform legislation introduced in the Progressive era of Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson. What was truly novel about the New Deal, however, was the speed with which it accomplished what previously had taken generations. Many of its reforms were hastily drawn and weakly administered; some actually contradicted others. Moreover, it never succeeded in restoring prosperity. Yet its actions provided tangible help for millions of Americans, laid the basis for a powerful new political coalition, and brought to the individual citizen a sharp revival of interest in government....
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