New Deal Book Reviews

The Public Landscape of the New Deal, by Phoebe Cutler

The Public Landscape of the New Deal, by Phoebe Cutler

I recently plucked a book off the shelf of my library and found the answer to a question I’m often asked: How did you discover the New Deal? I first read Phoebe Cutler’s pioneering book The Public Landscape of the… read more

New Deal Utopias, by Jason Reblando

New Deal Utopias Cover

Over three years Jason Reblando, a Chicago artist and photographer, trained his camera on three Greenbelt towns — Greenbelt, Maryland; Greenhills, Ohio; and Greendale, Wisconsin— constructed during the Depression to house poor Americans, many of them displaced from the Dust… read more

Book Review: The Worst Hard Time, 312 pp

Dustbowl by Arthur Rothstein

On Black Sunday, April 14, 1935 a cloud two hundred miles wide carrying more than 300,000 tons of topsoil blackened the skies over the Great Plains. People lost their way as the wall of darkness rolled in; stores and schools… read more