FILE - In this March 1933, file photo, President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivers his first radio “fireside chat” in Washington. The New Deal was a try-anything moment during the Great Depression that remade the role of the federal government in American life. (AP Photo)
WASHINGTON — The New Deal was really a series of new deals, spread out over more than six years during the Great Depression — a menu of nationally scaled projects that were one part make-work and many parts lasting impact. They delivered a broad-shouldered expression of presidential authority whose overall benefits were both economic and psychological.