Most New Deal artists were grateful to President Roosevelt for giving them work and enthusiastically supported the New Deal's liberal agenda. Not surprisingly, their art reflected this point of view. It celebrated the progress made under Franklin Roosevelt and promoted the President and his programs. It emphasized what America had gained through the New Deal and contrasted these advances with the misery and poverty of earlier years. While this art was especially popular with politicians and bureaucrats who sought to publicize the New Deal's achievements, FDR's opponents saw it as propaganda.

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