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“The New Deal and Far-Right Extremism: Saving the Republic”
Featuring: Kevin Baker, author and historian

Wednesday, March 24, 7:00pm EDT
7:00pm Eastern/4:00pm Pacific

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German American Bund rally, Madison Square Garden, New York, 1939
Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Please join us for a Living New Deal NYC Zoom webinar that will shed light on far-right ideology and activity during the 1930s.
 
Picture an America in which an angry crowd of radical veterans surround the Capitol and are dispersed only with tear gas and gunfire.  An America in which a disgruntled Marine general is approached about leading a coup to overturn an election; in which right-wing fanatics hoard weapons, set up paramilitary and youth indoctrination camps around the country, and encourage children to turn in undocumented immigrants. An America in which a ranting demagogue sends his followers into the streets to assault Jews and spread stories of foreign subversion. Where a clownish, would-be president plots to grab the White House by forming his own third party and splitting the vote.  Where the most outlandish conspiracy theories and the wildest rumors are spread everywhere about the president, his wife and children, and his most trusted advisors.
 
No, we’re not talking about America today but America in the 1930s, when the Bonus Army marched on Washington, the fascist “Silver Shirts” set up a Manson-like compound outside Los Angeles, millions tuned in to hear Father Coughlin spread his anti-Semitic poison over the airwaves, and American Nazis set up such a large youth camp on Long Island that the Long Island Railroad had to run special trains to it from Grand Central Station every weekend. Learn about just how extremist America could be, back when Donald Trump was still just a twinkle in his father’s eye—and Fred Christ Trump was still just a home-building Klansman in Queens.
 
Hear the sort-of-shocking, sort-of-reassuring story of how the country held on during the ultimate stress test of the Great Depression and the approach to World War II. It’s the story of how we saved democracy before—and how we might do it again.

Featured speaker Kevin Baker is a novelist, historian, and journalist. He has recently completed a book on the history of New York City baseball and is currently working on a cultural and political history of the United States between the wars, for which he received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2017. He has written for many major periodicals and is a contributing editor to Harper’s Magazine

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Map Reveals the Hidden New Deal in the Nation’s Capital

March 2021
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Map Reveals the Hidden New Deal in the Nation’s Capital

Though few may realize it, the New Deal lives on in Washington DC. A Map and Guide to the Art and Architecture of the New Deal, published by the nonprofit Living New Deal, reveals the extent to which the nation’s capital was transformed during the Great Depression when the federal government hired millions of unemployed workers to modernize and beautify the country.

“They built the infrastructure that Americans still depend on to this day,” says author Gray Brechin, a founder of the Living New Deal, which documents the New Deal’s footprint in every state AND COUNTY. Brechin notes: “The New Deal’s work of building, renovating and modernizing Washington DC is largely unidentified as such, as in most of the country. It’s like finding a lost civilization that had been buried and forgotten.”

The Living New Deal’s map and guide to DC reveals the wealth of buildings, murals and public works created under New Deal work programs— some 500 sites in and around the District, including federal offices, libraries, parks, roads and more, with detailed descriptions and photos of the New Deal’s signature projects made possible by the PWA, WPA, CCC, CWA, FAP and other “alphabet soup” agencies of the FDR-era.

New Deal workers completed the Federal Triangle and Judiciary Square areas; renovated the National Mall; and erected the Jefferson Memorial, while restoring the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial. They developed the city’s extensive park system, adding dozens of ball fields, playgrounds, pools and trails.

The New Deal also built DC’s first water treatment plant and miles of sewers to clean up the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers. It built levees keep the Mall from flooding. It expanded schools and hospitals and built the city’s first public housing.

Based at UC Berkeley, the Living New Deal’s mission is to document the forgotten legacy of the New Deal and promote the New Deal as a model for good government today. Its website features an interactive map of more than 16,500 New Deal sites and describes the people and programs that shaped the New Deal. Livingnewdeal.org received more than a million visits last year.

Executive Director Richard Walker, Professor Emeritus of Geography at UC Berkeley, sees renewed interest in the New Deal arising from the economic crisis facing the new Administration and calls to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure. “There’s a surge of policy proposals and media invoking the New Deal but these rarely acknowledge the spirit of public service that made it possible, the wide range of programs the New Deal encompassed or the enormous legacy of public works it left to the nation.”

“There’s no better time to illuminate what the New Deal did,” says Walker. “We want to introduce DC residents, elected officials and millions of visitors to the city to New Deal’s legacy around them that’s in plain sight —magnificent parks, clean water, and the art and architecture that make Washington a monumental city. We want to show them that the New Deal worked and continues to deliver today.”

Living New Deal’s Map and Guide to the New Deal in Washington DC is available for sale
at livingnewdeal.org, along with maps to the New Deal in San Francisco and New York City.

For more information on the New Deal in Washington DC, click here.

To access photos for publication, please go to our Dropbox:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ccp525jgk4dvfai/AAAYExT1djmcD8y8ouVg3Uoua?dl=0