A 20-million Word Experiment in Collective Writing Henry Alsberg and the FWP
By Susan DeMasi

FWP display at the 1939 New York World’s Fair Oversized American Guide books placed on a U.S. Map

In the first half of the 20th century—before he fell through the cracks of history—Henry Alsberg’s byline appeared regularly in newspapers and magazines. When Harry Hopkins tapped him to lead the Federal Writers’ Project in 1935, Alsberg had already lived… read more

Playing Through: Recreation and the New Deal
By Gray Brechin

Club room Décor is Art Deco-style with an ocean-wave motif

The Works Progress Administration (WPA)-built Pelham Bay Golf Course clubhouse in the Bronx is a knockout, but not so unusual in the exceptional quality it offered to the public. David Owen, in a 2005 article on public golf courses in… read more

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