Roosevelt's peacetime administrations, 1933-41

A documentary history

By G. Bennett

Roosevelt's peacetime administrations, 1933-41

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-6565-1
  • Pages: 272
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £15.99
  • Published Date: October 2004
  • BIC Category: Humanities / European history, Humanities / 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000, United States of America, USA, HISTORY / United States / 20th Century, POLITICAL SCIENCE / American Government / Executive Branch, 20th century, c 1900 to c 1999, European history, History of the Americas, History, Modern History
  • Series: Documents in Modern History


Over a half-century after the death of Roosevelt the debate on his presidency and the New Deal remains vibrant, for in many ways he created the modern presidency and he remains a giant of American political history. This book, specifically designed for sixth-form and undergraduate use, serves as an essential introduction to his domestic policy during his tenure from the struggles of the Depression to the outbreak of the Second World War.

Incorporating archival discoveries at the Roosevelt Presidential Library, this documentary collection focuses on the debates and controversies surrounding the implementation and practice of New Deal policies. It highlights the meanings, flaws and outcomes of Roosevelt's attempts to refashion American society.

With an extensive contextualising introduction, the book reproduces extracts from a variety of sources including Government records, public addresses and speeches and the private papers of Roosevelt and some of his closest associates.


1. New Deal Rhetoric
2. New Deal Domestic Policy
3. New Deal People
4. New Deal Foreign Policy
5. New Deal Critics
Guide to Further Reading


G. H. Bennett is Head of American Studies at the University of Plymouth

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