‘The End of the Beginning’ examines Roosevelt's pre-war administration from a broader perspective. Despite the dramatic changes taking place under his administration, Roosevelt was, in many regards, socially and fiscally conservative. After his landslide re-election in 1936, he began to experience the limits of the New Deal in the political arena, and struggled with an increasingly uncooperative government. In 1937–38, the economy entered a recession and, although increased spending arrested the decline, Roosevelt began to shift his attention away from New Deal initiatives. Even though this marked the end of the New Deal's legislative phase, the ideas distilled from it would shape the nation for years to come.