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Yousuf Karsh, master photographer of the 20th century

The New Deal

Franklin Roosevelt, Mackenzie King, Lord Tweedsmuir, 1936

Britain’s Conservative Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, said today his country needs a “Rooseveltian” approach to the economy following the coronavirus epidemic, alluding to Roosevelt’s “New Deal” as Johnson prepares to announce a massive boost to public spending.*

In 1936 Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the first American President to pay an official visit to the Dominion of Canada. There to greet him and his son James Roosevelt were Lord Tweedsmuir, Governor General of Canada and Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King. Read more about this unusual Karsh photograph.

*The New Deal was a series of programs, public work projects, financial reforms, and regulations enacted by Democratic President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the United States between 1933 and 1939. It responded to needs for relief, reform, and recovery from the Great Depression. Major federal programs and agencies included the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), the Civil Works Administration (CWA), the Farm Security Administration (FSA), the National Industrial Recovery Act of 1933 (NIRA) and the Social Security Administration (SSA). They provided support for farmers, the unemployed, youth and the elderly. The New Deal included new constraints and safeguards on the banking industry and efforts to re-inflate the economy after prices had fallen sharply. New Deal programs included both laws passed by Congress as well as presidential executive orders during the first term of the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Read more about the New Deal (Wikipedia).