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America's History in the Making

By the People, For the People

A Visit from the Old Mistress. 1876. dup of 2181

The Great Depression drew attention to problems with the United States economy that needed government regulation. To address these problems, the Roosevelt administration implemented a "New Deal" of work and benefit programs that established the idea that the federal government was responsible for the well-being of Americans. As the Depression worsened, Americans from the left and right questioned the effectiveness of New Deal programs to relieve people's suffering. In spite of this opposition, Roosevelt benefited from popular attitudes that reflected a communitarian spirit.Start Here

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The Freedmen's Bureau

Coming out of an unprecedented period of prosperity, the Great Depression revealed structural problems with the economy, pointing to the need for government regulation, and calling into question the viability of democracy and capitalism. More

Arrival of Negro family in the lines

A shift in popular attitudes questioned the rise of American individualism and a purely market-based economy, creating a community atmosphere that was reflected in popular culture. More

A golden spike was driven at Promontory Point, Utah

The New Deal and World War II fundamentally changed the relationship between the people and the federal government. More

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