TEACHING ABOUT THE NEW DEAL
The biggest group of users of the Living New Deal’s online resources are students and teachers. The demand for such teaching materials is strong. Many American History teachers have reached out to us with requests and suggestions. Thus far, we have lacked the capacity to develop full-on teaching curricula, but have made significant progress thanks to the leadership of Development Director Kurt Feichtmeir. Kurt secured a grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation to work with the Washington DC school district, which requires all seniors to take a course on local history. The grant made possible an Educator’s Guide to accompany the Living New Deal’s online map to the New Deal Washington DC. We hope to do something similar with the New York City and Los Angeles school systems, making use of our maps to those cities to teach about the importance of the New Deal in U.S. history.
We’ve also reworked several bibliographies on our website, segmenting them by subject areas such as housing, infrastructure and art, and provided a dozen introductory reading lists of the ten or so best books on each topic.
April 11, 2023