By the People, For the People

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The Great Depression drew attention to problems with the United States economy that needed government regulation. To address these problems, the Roosevelt administration implemented a "New Deal" of work and benefit programs that established the idea that the federal government was responsible for the well-being of Americans. As the Depression worsened, Americans from the left and right questioned the effectiveness of New Deal programs to relieve people's suffering. In spite of this opposition, Roosevelt benefited from popular attitudes that reflected a communitarian spirit.

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