The Long Exception: Rethinking the Place of the New Deal in American History

  title={The Long Exception: Rethinking the Place of the New Deal in American History},
  author={Jefferson R. Cowie and Nick Salvatore},
  journal={International Labor and Working-Class History},
  pages={3 - 32}
Abstract “The Long Exception” examines the period from Franklin Roosevelt to the end of the twentieth century and argues that the New Deal was more of an historical aberration—a byproduct of the massive crisis of the Great Depression—than the linear triumph of the welfare state. The depth of the Depression undoubtedly forced the realignment of American politics and class relations for decades, but, it is argued, there is more continuity in American politics between the periods before the New… 

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