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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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  • "Republic of Detours” Wins New Deal Book Award
    • February 23, 2023
    Scott Borchert is the winner of the Living New Deal’s first annual New Deal Book Award for his 2021 book about the Federal Writers’ Project, Republic of Detours: How the New Deal Paid Broke Writers to Rediscover America (Farrar, Straus and Giroux). The Award Committee called it: "...a beautifully written and timely ...
  • New Dealish: The Presidential Yacht Potomac
    • February 22, 2023
    Launched in 1934, the Coast Guard cutter Electra was built for speed. FDR acquired the 165-foot submarine chaser in 1936, renamed her the Potomac and placed her under the command of the U.S. Navy. The “floating White House” provided a getaway for the president, who enjoyed fishing off the fantail ...
  • Favorite New Deal Site: “Ready for Take Off!”
    • February 22, 2023
    Tell Us About Your Favorite New Deal Site “Ready for Take Off!”Albuquerque, New Mexico The old Albuquerque Municipal Airport takes me back the time in air travel when one would walk from a spartan passenger lounge onto the tarmac to board a waiting plane. Built in 1928, the passenger terminal was soon ...
  • The Biggest WPA Art Project That Never Happened
    • February 22, 2023
    Of all the controversies that New Deal art had provoked in San Francisco, such as the Coit Tower and Rincon Annex murals, few equaled that which swirled around what would have been the largest WPA sculpture in the country. But sculptor Beniamino Bufano thrived on controversy, so his proposed 180-foot ...
  • Fear Itself
    • February 22, 2023
      FEAR ITSELF On March 4, 1933, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was sworn in as the 32nd president of the United States. He had won in a landslide over the Republican incumbent Herbert Hoover. Millions tuned in to hear a live radio broadcast of FDR’s inaugural address. “So, let me assert my firm ...
  • Online Exhibit: “A Lens on FDR’s New Deal:” Photographs by Arthur Rothstein, 1935-1945
    • February 20, 2023
    Deborah Gardner, a founding member of the Living New Deal New York City Chapter’s Working Group, and Roosevelt House Historian, curated an exhibit titled, “A Lens on FDR’s New Deal” at the Roosevelt House. Find out more about the exhibition here. The bank that failed, Kansas (1936). ...
  • Online Exhibit: The New Deal in New York City, 1933—1943 at the Roosevelt House
    • February 20, 2023
    Deborah Gardner, a founding member of the Living New Deal New York City Chapter's Working Group, and Roosevelt House Historian, curated an exhibit at the Roosevelt House. Find out more about the exhibition here. Family in tenement kitchen with coal burning stove (firebox on the right). The stand behind it ...
  • New Dealish: FDR's Birthday Ball
    • January 30, 2023
    As president, FDR used his birthday, January 30, to advance his most important cause—raising awareness and money to eliminate polio, a disease FDR knew first hand. The first Birthday Ball was held in 1934; 4,376 communities joined together in 600 separate celebrations to raise more one million dollars for the Warm ...
  • A Greenbelt Town Fights for Press Freedom
    • January 30, 2023
    In 1937, Theodora and John Murray were among 850 families selected to reside in an experimental city built and owned by the federal government. About a half-hour’s drive from Washington, DC., Greenbelt, Maryland is one of three planned residential communities conceived and developed by the New Deal’s Resettlement Administration (RA), which ...
  • USS Potomac: FDR's Presidential Yacht
    • January 23, 2023
    The USS Potomac had an important role in the New Deal. It served as Franklin D. Roosevelt's presidential yacht from 1936 until his death in 1945. The President held many work meetings with his cabinet members. “One frequent visitor was Frances Perkins, the secretary of labor.” Moored in Jack London ...
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