Shock Troops of Disaster

WPA flood relief, Louisville, Kentucky, 1937

In addition to the calamity of the Great Depression, in the 1930s the U.S. was beset by environmental catastrophes—floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, drought and a Dust Bowl. But the nation had something then that it does not have in 2012 to deal with devastating storms such as hurricanes Katrina, Irene and Sandy. WPA and CCC workers were trained in disaster aid and recovery. Tens of thousands of men and women could be quickly mobilized…. read more

Fear Itself

In a tendencious and thought-provoking pair of articles in the Huffington Post, Sanjay Sanghoee makes the case for “Why Republicans Hate FDR and Why Obama Must Become Him”.  He begins with the following provocation: “Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the 32nd president… read more

A Bridge to Somewhere

In a recent article in The Daily Beast by Daniel Kevles, Stanley Woodward Professor of History at Yale University, author of Inventing America: A History of the United States, reflects on a trip to Cape Cod, linked to the mainland by three New… read more