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New Deal History: Revisited & Revised

News items that discuss and rethink the New Deal and its impact on America.

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  • America’s Voices
    • March 29, 2024
    America’s Voices Within the Resettlement Administration, the New Deal agency charged with relocating struggling families, a little known Music Unit deployed field workers to government-planned communities around the country to boost residents’ morale and solidarity through folk music. Using the latest 1930s technology, the aluminum disk, they recorded hundreds of performances ...
  • The New Deal’s Forgotten Song Book
    • March 29, 2024
    The Resettlement Administration (RA) was a sprawling New Deal agency created in 1935 to oversee a disparate set of government initiatives, most of which focused on providing help in rural areas. This included an experimental program to build new homestead communities for "displaced populations"—farmers whose land had failed, miners whose ...
  • Art for the People
    • January 31, 2024
    Art for the People Perhaps best known for its public works projects, the WPA also employed tens of thousands of actors, musicians, writers and artists through a jobs program collectively known as Federal One. "Hell, they’ve got to eat too,” said FDR's advisor Harry Hopkins, director of New Deal relief programs. ...
  • Favorite New Deal Site: A Work of Art, Timberline Lodge, Oregon
    • January 31, 2024
    A Work of Art Timberline Lodge, Oregon More than a mile above sea level, Timberline Lodge, about an hour’s drive east of Portland, embodies the New Deal’s aim to make life itself a work of art by wrapping visitors in it. A symphony of craftspeople and artists employed by the ...
  • Advocating for New Deal Art
    • January 31, 2024
    New Deal art programs ushered in a watershed decade for American art. From 1933 to 1943, federal art programs hired tens of thousands of unemployed artists, producing over 200,000 artworks, and temporarily making the federal government the single largest patron of contemporary art in the world. This unprecedented and visionary patronage ...
  • Quilts Embody the New Deal, Practically and Symbolically
    • January 31, 2024
    During the Great Depression, quiltmaking was a popular activity among Americans. Every smalltown and big city newspaper published a quilt pattern column; over 25,000 Americans entered quilts in the massive Sears Century of Progress quilt contest in hopes of winning a Grand Prize of $1,200; and WPA sewing rooms produced ...
  • New Dealish: The Roosevelt Martini
    • January 31, 2024
    FDR may be best remembered for leading the country though the Great Depression and winning the war against fascism, but some consider his repeal of Prohibition to be a pivotal achievement. Upon signing the 21st Amendment in 1933, (ending the nation’s thirteen years of illegal alcohol consumption), Roosevelt said, “I ...
  • A NEW LOOK FOR LIVINGNEWDEAL.ORG
    • January 7, 2024
    The livingnewdeal.org website has been transformed, the culmination of two years of planning, design, programming and feedback. The new design is receiving rave reviews for its sleek and roomy look and ease of use— navigating via buttons rather than menus and scrolling. An additional benefit is the greater ease of searching New ...
  • NEW DEAL BOOK AWARD FOR 2022
    • January 7, 2024
    The Living New Deal presented our second Annual New Deal Book Award to Victoria Wolcott (University of Buffalo). The award ceremony took place at the Roosevelt Reading Festival at FDR Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, NY. LND team members Gray Brechin and Jeff Gold attended the event. Professor ...
  • NEW YORK CHAPTER UPDATE
    • January 7, 2024
    Our New York City Chapter led a New Deal tour of Central Park in May and presented a very impressive webinar on Social Security in June. They partnered with Roosevelt House at Hunter College on two other webinars, one in March on transforming the nation's food system and another in ...
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