Annual New Deal Book Award

Library Left Panel

In 2021, the Living New Deal established the New Deal Book Award to recognize and encourage nonfiction works about the New Deal era, 1933-1942, the remarkable decade between the nadir of the Great Depression and U.S.’s entry into World War II. 

The Award review committee is chaired by Eric Rauchway, Distinguished Professor of History at UC Davis, author of Why the New Deal Matters

The 2021 Award, with a prize of $1,000, will be presented at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum’s Roosevelt Reading Festival in Hyde Park, New York on June 18, 2022. (fdrlibrary.org/events-calendar)

More information about submitting nominations for the 2022 award can be found here.


2021 New Deal Book Awardees

Winner

Scott Borchert, Republic of Detours: How the New Deal Paid Broke Writers to Rediscover America, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Publication Date: 6/15/2021

Watch: “The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of the Federal Writers’ Project” A conversation with author Scott Borchert and David Kipen featured on the Living New Deal webinar series, The Next New Deal, August 31, 2021.

Runner-Up

Mary Jane Appel, Russell Lee: A Photographer’s Life and LegacyLiveright Books in association with the Library of Congress, Publication DateMarch 2, 2021

Honorable Mentions

William A. Link, Frank Porter Graham: Southern Liberal, Citizen of the WorldUniversity of North Carolina Press, Publication Date: October 14, 2021

Catherine W. Zipf, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater: American Architecture in the Depression EraRoutledge, Taylor & Francis Group, Publication Date: January, 2021

2021 New Deal Book Award Nominees

Mary Jane Appel, Russell Lee: A Photographer’s Life and Legacy, Liveright Books in association with the Library of Congress, Publication Date: March 2, 2021

Scott Borchert, Republic of Detours: How the New Deal Paid Broke Writers to Rediscover America, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Publication Date: 6/15/2021

David Gates, Tennessee Post Office Murals, Post Office Fans, Publication Date: February 24, 2021

Thomas Guglielmo, Divisions: A New History of Racism and Resistance in America’s World War II Military, Oxford University, Publication Date: October 2021

Peter Hiller,The Life and Times of Jo Mora: Iconic Artist of the American West, Gibbs-Smith, Publication Date: April 20, 2021

Jonathan Levy, Ages of American Capitalism, Random House/Penguin Random House Publication Date: April 20, 2021

William A. Link, Frank Porter Graham: Southern Liberal, Citizen of the World, University of North Carolina Press, Publication Date: October 14, 2021

Maribel Morey, White Philanthropy: Carnegie Corporation’s An American Dilemma and the Making of a White World Order, University of North Carolina Press, Publication Date: November 9, 2021

Elizabeth Tandy Shermer, Indentured Students: How Government-Guaranteed Loans Left Generations Drowning in College Debt, Harvard University Press, Publication Date: August 3, 2021

Wendy Van Wyck Good, Sisters in Art: The Biography of Margaret, Esther, and Helen Bruton, West Margin Press, Publication Date: October 26, 2021

Greg Zipes, Justice and Faith: The Frank Murphy Story, University of Michigan Press, Publication Date: April 26, 2021

Catherine W. Zipf, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater: American Architecture in the Depression Era, Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, Publication Date:January, 2021

New Deal Maps

Check out our latest map and guide to the work of the New Deal in Washington, D.C. It includes 500 New Deal sites in the District alone, highlighting 34 notable sites, and includes an inset map of the area around the National Mall which can be used for self-guided walking tours.

Take a look at our previous guides, equally comprehensive, covering key New Deal sites in San Francisco and New York City.