Great Depression and the New Deal

ISBN-10: 0195326342

ISBN-13: 9780195326345

Edition: 2007

Authors: Eric Rauchway
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Description: The New Deal shaped our nation's politics for decades, and was seen by many as tantamount to the "American Way" itself. Now, in this superb compact history, Eric Rauchway offers an informed account of the New Deal and the Great Depression, illuminating its successes and failures. Rauchway first describes how the roots of the Great Depression lay in America's post-war economic policies--described as "laissez-faire with a vengeance"--which in effect isolated our nation from the world economy just when the world needed the United States most. He shows how the magnitude of the resulting economic upheaval, and the ineffectiveness of the old ways of dealing with financial hardships, set the stage for Roosevelt's vigorous (and sometimes unconstitutional) Depression-fighting policies. Indeed, Rauchway stresses that the New Deal only makes sense as a response to this global economic disaster. The book examines a key sampling of New Deal programs, ranging from the National Recovery Agency and the Securities and Exchange Commission, to the Public Works Administration and Social Security, revealing why some worked and others did not. In the end, Rauchway concludes, it was the coming of World War II that finally generated the political will to spend the massive amounts of public money needed to put Americans back to work. And only the Cold War saw the full implementation of New Deal policies abroad--including the United Nations, the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund. Today we can look back at the New Deal and, for the first time, see its full complexity. Rauchway captures this complexity in a remarkably short space, making this book an ideal introduction to one of the great policy revolutions in history.

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Book details

List price: $11.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/10/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 4.50" wide x 7.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.902
Language: English

Eric Rauchway is University Lecturer in American History at the University of Oxford.

Introduction
The World Crisis
Before the New Deal
How did we get caught?"
The New Deal vs. the Constitution
FDR, His Friends, and His Enemies
The New Deal that Lasted
Working for the United States of America
The New Deal in War and Peace
The New Deal Legacy
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