The Best Possible Life

FDR’s Labor Secretary, Frances Perkins, the first woman to serve in a presidential cabinet, wrote: “What was the New Deal anyhow?  Was it a political plot? Was it just a name for a period in history?  Was it a revolution?  To all of those questions I answer, ‘No.’  It was something quite different . . . It was, I think, basically an attitude . . . An attitude that found voice in expressions like…’a government should aim to give all the people under its jurisdiction the best possible life.’”

In these times, it’s heartening that so many organizations, institutions, and individuals remain committed to preserving the legacy of the New Deal and advancing it as a model for solving our nation’s economic, social, and environmental problems today. We are grateful to be in their company in this important work, and to you for your continued support. 

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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.