Roosevelt's New Deal: Old Wine in New Bottles Essay

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`Old wine in new bottles' is this an accurate description of the New Deal?

"I pledge you, I pledge myself, to a New Deal for the American people."

Franklin D. Roosevelt, accepting the Democratic nomination for President, July 2, 1932

With those words Roosevelt gave birth to an idea that gave the majority of the American people hope enough to elect him president, it also coined a phrase that will forever be synonymous with his administration as its flagship policy for the recovery and betterment of America. At the time Roosevelt did not outline his plan or further go into the minutiae of the New Deal, but if he had would people have seen it as a collection of imaginative and revolutionary responses to the crisis that beset
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Others saw the politics of the new deal as a key development of progressive ideas Sitkoff writes `Roosevelt had developed a proposed New Deal, which amounted to an extension of the progressives' assumptions concerning the importance of government action.' This is key when looking at the question of old wine in new bottles because this is evidence of the evolutionary nature of the reform found within the new deal so in terms of this the wine may be a little old but it is certainly mixed with new wine. The metaphor might not extend sufficiently to the meaning but it is clear that the new deal in terms of American politics can be argued to have developed from progressive roots.

Although there is clearly a conservative element in Roosevelt's in an attempt to maintain and accept capitalism but there is the element of the evolution of progressive ideas when for example Roosevelt calls for a `change in the relations between government and business in order to change business behaviour and promote the general welfare.

We can see from this that there is little evidence to support the notion that ideas concerning how American politics would work were new or radical as his own calls for change are steeped in a progressive vision of government and business interaction. This is further supported if we briefly examine Roosevelt's

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