Building New Deal Liberalism

Building New Deal Liberalism

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This book provides the first historical study of New Deal public works programs and their role in transforming the American economy, landscape, and political system during the twentieth century. Through its public works, the New Deal produced a revolution in state-sponsored economic development. The scale and scope of this dramatic federal investment in infrastructure laid crucial foundations for postwar growth, anticipating the building of national highways and the military-industrial complex. This book provides a path-breaking reinterpretation of the relationship between the New Deal's welfare state and American liberalism.The principal explanation, the WPA asserted, was that aquot;many projects called boondoggles by hostile critics, when completed, turned out to be the reverse; they were found to have been sound, sensible projects, fully warranted both because ofanbsp;...

Title:Building New Deal Liberalism
Author:Jason Scott Smith
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 2006


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