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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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  • Favorite New Deal Site: A Magic Garden, Tilden Regional Parks Botanic Garden, Berkeley, California
    • January 3, 2024
    A Magic GardenTilden Regional Parks Botanic GardenBerkeley, California Thanks to seed gathering by CCC crews under the supervision of the Forest Service back in the 1930s and the support provided by the WPA to the East Bay Regional Park District just before the onset of World War II, today we all ...
  • New Dealish: "Fourteenth Street at Sixth Avenue"
    • October 25, 2023
    During the New Deal, the government paid struggling artists to produce art through several federal art programs. Many of these artworks have since been lost, stolen or scattered. The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) is charged with recovering them. The recovery of John Sloan’s 1934 painting, “Fourteenth Street at Sixth ...
  • Favorite New Deal Site: Franklin County Courthouse, Preston, Idaho
    • October 25, 2023
    Franklin County CourthousePreston, Idaho The New Deal was the impetus behind some of the most impressive structures in small-town America. When my partner Joan and I take road trips around the West to get away from everyday hassles and enjoy the magnificent scenery, we always keep our eyes peeled for New ...
  • Dad's CCC Yearbook Recalls Life in the Corps
    • October 25, 2023
    Stuck at home during the pandemic, I began sorting through storage boxes, some not opened since my mother passed away in 1993. I came upon “Memories of the Civilian Conservation Corps,” my father’s 1937 yearbook from his time in the Corps, opening a window into the history and experiences of ...
  • Reviving the Corps
    • October 25, 2023
    Reviving the Corps When FDR first took office in 1933, nearly a quarter of the American workforce was unemployed. In one of his first acts as president, FDR issued an executive order establishing the Civilian Conservation Corps. Within three months, the CCC hired 300,000 young men. At its peak a few ...
  • New Dealish: Berkeley Rose Garden Inspires a Song and Film
    • August 29, 2023
    As development marched toward the Berkeley hills in the 1920s, the ravine carved by Cordonices Creek was considered too steep for houses. With panoramic westward views of San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate, the 3.6-acre canyon captured the imagination of park advocates. Renowned Berkeley architect Bernard Maybeck designed a ...
  • Favorite New Deal Site: A Riverside Greenway, Charleston, West Virginia
    • August 29, 2023
    A Riverside GreenwayCharleston, West Virginia Several times a week I walk alongside a beautiful stretch of the Kanawha River in downtown Charleston, West Virginia.  Kanawha Boulevard was a narrow, traffic-clogged street when, in late 1930s, the city and the Public Works Administration (PWA) funded a 14-mile throughway to improve traffic flow. ...
  • Capturing the Past
    • August 29, 2023
    Capturing the Past On June 19, 1934, President Franklin Roosevelt signed legislation establishing a “National Archives of the United States Government.” It was the culmination of decades of congressional debate on the issue of national records preservation.The new agency began by acquiring federal records from the U.S. Senate, White House, Department ...
  • "Imperial San Francisco" Now an Audio Book
    • August 29, 2023
    Living New Deal founder Dr. Gray Brechin’s provocative 1999 bestseller, Imperial San Francisco: Urban Power, Earthly Ruin, (University of California Press) is now available as an audio book narrated by the author. A website that accompanies the audio book's release includes color illustrations from the book not previously published, synopses ...
  • Government Website Highlights New Deal Art
    • August 29, 2023
    A revamped Fine Arts Collection website recently unveiled by the US General Services Administration (GSA) is a bonanza for anyone interested in public art and especially those who love the art of the New Deal. While still a work in progress, the site’s detailed data, cross links and color photographs ...
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