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New Deal
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When Franklin D. Roosevelt was nominated for president of the United States during the Great Depression, with an unemployment rate of 30% in 1932, he accepted with these words: “I pledge… a new deal for the American people.” While scholars now argue that neither he nor his staff had a clear program in mind, it was clear that this nation, as opposed to Europe, could not and would not move to the fascist right or to the communist left, and something had to be done. The “New Deal” be…

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Stackhouse, Max L., “New Deal”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 15 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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