In 2021, the Living New Deal established the New Deal Book Award to recognize and encourage nonfiction works about the New Deal era, 1932-1942, the remarkable decade between the nadir of the Great Depression and U.S.’s entry into World War II.
The first the award winner will be announced in Spring 2022 and presented at the Roosevelt Reading Festival at the FDR Library in Hyde Park, New York in Summer 2022, to which five finalists will be invited.
A distinguished review committee is headed by Eric Rauchway, professor of History at UC Davis, author of Why the New Deal Matters. The winner will be awarded $1,000. More information about the award can be found here: https://livingnewdeal.org/call-for-submissionsnew-deal-book-award-for-2021/
We received 14 nominations for the New Deal Book Award in 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
Kenneth J. Bindas, The New Deal and American Society, 1933–1941, Routledge, Publication Date: November 11, 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
Kari Frederickson, Deep South Dynasty: The Bankheads of Alabama, The University of Alabama Press, Publication Date: 11/23/2021
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