THE RESPONSE: RELIEF, REHABILITATION, AND REFORM
The country needs and, unless I mistake its temper, the country demands bold, persistent experimentation. . . take a method and try it: If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something. The millions who are in want will not stand by silently forever while the things to satisfy their needs are within easy reach.
FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT1.
Campaign Address, 1932
According to purposive theory of organization, new administrative agencies of government come into existence to satisfy felt needs in society, but this complex natal process is neither automatic nor symmetrical. Despite the accumulation of much knowledge about the nature and causes of chronic rural poverty, and despite Franklin D. Roosevelt's experience in the rehabilitation of agriculture, as Governor of New York, the diagnosis was insufficiently clear in 1932 to support a detailed blueprint for federal action. Nevertheless, the election campaign of that year provided an opportunity to seek solutions, frame issues and programs, and win the power to act. Roosevelt did not delineate the New Deal while on the campaign trail____________________