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The new President, Franklin D Roosevelt promised 'a new deal for the American people', and embarked on the biggest and most expensive government programme in American History. Find out more in this video.

The New Deal

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Key points

  • 1932 - Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected as American President. He promised 'a new deal for the American people'.
  • It was the biggest, most expensive government programme in American history.
  • It consisted of both practical and psychological support.
  • Various administrations helped create fair prices, fair wages and fair working hours.
  • By 1934 the New Deal began to change direction, creating more long-term jobs building schools and hospitals, and provided pensions and insurance for the elderly.
  • Some historians have said that there were two New Deals - the first aimed to save America, the second aimed the change it.

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