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Roosevelt's New Deal: Old Wine in New Bottles

Summary: Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal wasn't really new at all; it was a repackaging of existing government programs.
`Old wine in new bottles' is this an accurate description of the New Deal"

"I pledge you, I pledge myself, to a New Deal for the American people."

Franklin D. Roosevelt, accepting the Democratic nomination for President, July 2, 1932

With those words Roosevelt gave birth to an idea that gave the majority of the American people hope enough to elect him president, it also coined a phrase that will forever be synonymous with his administration as its flagship policy for the recovery and betterment of America. At the time Roosevelt did not outline his plan or further go into the minutiae of the New Deal, but if he had would people have seen it as a collection of imaginative and revolutionary responses to the crisis that beset America at the time? Or perhaps they would have seen it as the next step in...

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