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A New Deal for the American People

The New Deal was a series of programs and projects instituted during the Great Depression by President Franklin D. Roosevelt that aimed to restore prosperity to Americans.

The New Deal
When Franklin Delano Roosevelt took office in 1933, he enacted a range of experimental programs to combat the Great Depression.

Consequences of the Proposed “New Deal” 

Herbert Hoover's address at Madison Square Garden New York City, October 31, 1932. As the 1932 presidential campaign drew to a close, Hoover fired back against his Democratic challenger in a speech at Madison Square Garden. He seized on proposals made by Democratic leaders in Congress, and Roosevelt’s own words from the Commonwealth Club address, to portray the opposition as dangerously irresponsible and committed to a philosophy at odds with that of the American Founding. The president reminded his listeners of the progress made in the past thirty years, and while he admitted that the past three years had brought considerable distress, he asserted that the system established by the Founders in the Constitution had proven capable of weathering the worst of the crisis.

New Deal

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) links to web sites relating to the New Deal era. Useful for research on New Deal agriculture, labour, and arts programs. NARA is the nation's record keeper.

Periodic Table of the New Deal

The table presents major programs, players and events surrounding the New Deal and includes brief definitions or descriptions. The table is designed to be used in a number of ways: as a visual depiction of the complexity and scope of these events

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Primary Source sets - The New Deal

This source set allows you to explore the crisis of the Great Depression, as well as the dramatic developments of the New Deal, through photographs, speeches, letters, and oral histories.