Annual New Deal Book Award

Library Left Panel

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 MattersThe winner will be awarded $1,000. More information about the award can be found here:

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 LegacyLiveright Books in association with the Library of Congress, Publication DateMarch 2, 2021

Kenneth J. Bindas, The New Deal and American Society, 1933–1941Routledge, 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 CapitalismRandom House/Penguin Random House Publication Date: April 20, 2021

William A. Link, Frank Porter Graham: Southern Liberal, Citizen of the WorldUniversity 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 DebtHarvard University Press, Publication Date: August 3, 2021

Wendy Van Wyck Good, Sisters in Art: The Biography of Margaret, Esther, and Helen BrutonWest Margin Press, Publication Date: October 26, 2021

Greg Zipes, Justice and Faith: The Frank Murphy StoryUniversity of Michigan Press, Publication Date: April 26, 2021

Catherine W. Zipf, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater: American Architecture in the Depression EraRoutledge, Taylor & Francis Group, Publication Date: January, 2021

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.