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What was new about the New Deal was that it injected government into many more areas of life than ever before. For example, the government got involved in people's retirement savings by the creation of the Social Security program. It also became involved in regulating how much people produced, as in the AAA. It came to be involved in ensuring that people did not lose their savings if their banks failed (this was the FDIC). In other words, the New Deal gave the government a role in many areas of life where it had not been involved before.
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