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The New Deal - changed the course of government and politics more by accident than by design
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The New Deal period has generally - but not unanimously - been seen as a turning point in American politics, with the states relinquishing much of their autonomy, the President acquiring new authority and importance, and the role of government in citizens' lives increasing. The extent to which this was planned by the architect of the New Deal, Franklin D. Roosevelt, has been greatly contested, however. Yet, while it is instructive to note the limitations of Roosevelt's leadership, there is not much sense in the claims that the New Deal was haphazard, a jumble of expedient and populist schemes, or...
out of the hole it was in. No other institution of government - state or federal - was able or willing to cope with this responsibility. FDR arrived promising hope and change, and America believed him. It was not by accident that the presidency in Washington became powerful: it was because, ultimately, the American people wanted a leader, and the President was prepared to fill that role. By the time he was gone, he had performed this task so ably, with such vigour, and for so long, that he had effectively changed the course of US government and politics.
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