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One of the most nefarious modern myths, which has wreaked incalculable damage to freedom in the United States, is the mistaken belief that free markets, free enterprise, and capitalism caused the problems of the Great Depression, and that government programs solved them. The opposite is true: Government policies and programs, in large measure, caused the Depression. Free markets and free enterprise lifted Americans out of the Depression.

Lesson #4: Four Key Features Of The New Deal

Through his New Deal in the 1930s and 40s, Franklin Roosevelt introduces four important changes in American government and politics that continue today: A change in the meaning of rights; a significant increase in the scope and power of the federal government; a degradation in the character of law; a change in the meaning representation.