Recommended Books on the New Deal

New Deal Utopias, by Jason Reblando

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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: Landscapes for the People, George Alexander Grant, First Chief Photographer of the National Park Service, Ren and Helen Davis, pp 254, Reviewed by Susan Ives

While doing research for their 2011 guidebook to the Civilian Conservation Corps’ work in the nation’s parks, Our Mark on This Land, Ren and Helen Davis searched through thousands of historic photographs at the National Park Service’s photography archive in… 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

Book Review: Nature’s New Deal

Nature’s New Deal

Nature’s New Deal makes the connection between conservation and politics in the U.S., using the Civilian Conservation Corps as the sturdy bridge between them. Maher traces the competing visions that shaped American conservation—one advanced by Gifford Pinchot, the first chief… read more

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