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Thursday, October 30, 2008
The New Deal
Author: Kathryn Flynn and Richard Polese
About This Book
2008 marks the 75th anniversary of the New Deal, the series of programs initiated by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to help Americans recover during the Great Depression (1933-43). Programs such as the Civilian Conservation Corps, the Civil Works Administration, and the Works Progress Administration gave hope, support, and encouragement to millions of Americans. Several New Deal programs, including Social Security and Federal Insurance Deposit Insurance bank account protection, continue to help Americans today.
The only thing we have to fear is fear itself, stated a confident Roosevelt, and the country took him at his word. In many ways, America's New Deal brought out the best in us, and it can serve as a model for recuperation from the economic slide of 2007-2008.
Kathryn A. Flynn is Executive Director of the National New Deal Preservation Association. She is the author of Treasures on New Mexico Trails: New Deal Art and Public Artists in New Mexico. She lives in Santa Fe.
Richard Polese is the author of Discovering Dixie: The Magnolia Trail Travel Guide to the Deep South and coauthor of Passions in Print: Private Press Artistry in New Mexico. He lives in Santa Fe.
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