Roosevelt's New Deal

Works Progress Administration (WPA) was a New Deal Agency established to provide relief to the unemployment situation – it lasted until 1943 and employed at least 8.5 million people at an average of $2 per day.

New Deal was the economic policy put in place by Franklin Roosevelt in 1933. The policies allowed government more roles in regulation of the economy (especially in times of financial crises) and responsbility in providing social “safety net” programs. The New Deal established programs that focused on relief, reform, and recovery, providing relief to the unemployed and redistributing power among different professions.[2] The importance of New Deal lies in its unprecedented response to the financial crisis. It extended government involvement in the economy farther than ever before, and showed that liberal principles apply to more than the rights and freedoms of industrialists.[1] These new policies are characteristic of modern liberalism – again, it shows a rejection of constitutionalism and endorses government intervention in protecting people from the abuses of uncontrolled capitalism.


1. "Evolution of Modern Liberalism." Perspectives on ideology. Edmonton, Alta.: Alberta Education, 2010. 208-210. Print.
2. "HSTAA 101: New Deal Agencies." UW Faculty Web Server. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Mar. 2012. <>.