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Where Democracy Meets Fear

How the New Deal sheds light on today's politics

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Franklin D. Roosevelt's first inaugural address, in 1933.
March 04, 2013

Reminding us that "all historians are prisoners of their own experience," one of the most eminent historians of the New Deal, Arthur Schlesinger Jr., observed late in his life: "Conceptions of the past are far from stable. They are perennially…

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