We had a lot of brave men fight in WWII and make the ultimate sacrifice.
However, this was one of the turning points in American history. We elected a Stalin groupie in FDR who thought that Marx was right and that capitalism and free market were the covered wagon of the past that we needed to modernize to the latest technology.
My family did not like FDR and the welfare programs because it humiliated the man. Back then, no able bodied self respecting man wanted a handout.
It was just that FDR messed it up so bad that he made a recession a great depression.
A lot of the rugged individualism exists but it is in places like TX and MT