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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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  • A Forest at Your Doorstep
    • August 1, 2022
    Joblessness and homelessness during the Great Depression led the federal government in 1935 to demonstrate how modest, well-built homes could improve the lives of ordinary Americans if these homes were located, designed and managed to promote “family and community life.” The plan was described in a 1937 pamphlet, Greenbelt Towns, ...
  • History of the District of Columbia's Recorder of Deeds Building with Peter Sefton
    • June 20, 2022
                  The Association of the Old Inhabitants hosted a video luncheon talk with Peter Sefton. Sefton discussed the history of the District of Columbia's Recorder of Deeds Building and its architect Nathan Wyeth.  "Mr. Sefton focuses not only on the historic building and the threats to its preservation but also of the ...
  • Creativity and Conscience
    • April 28, 2022
    Creativity and Conscience Congress funded the Federal Theatre Project primarily to provide jobs for unemployed theatre people during the Great Depression. But WPA administrator Harry Hopkins and the FTP’s dynamic director Hallie Flanagan had a much broader mission: to create a publicly funded national theater, accessible to all, that would both ...
  • The Fearless Federal Theater
    • April 25, 2022
    Compared to the New Deal’s overall expenditures, the budget of the WPA arts projects was laughably small, and the Federal Theater Project’s was even smaller—a mere tenth of one percent. But the Federal Theater, begun in 1935 under the bold leadership of the 5-foot dynamo Hallie Flanagan, still managed to ...
  • The New Deal Through the Lens of Arthur Rothstein
    • April 20, 2022
    President Franklin Roosevelt had a remarkable ability to rally the nation using the mass-communication media of his time. He crafted intimate “Fireside Chats” to reach Americans in their homes by radio, but in this pre-television era FDR also needed compelling visual imagery to advance his New Deal agenda, promote national ...
  • New Deal Exhibit at the Royal Philatelic Society in London
    • April 2, 2022
    Charles Epting, President and CEO of H.R. Harmer, will be showing his collection of mail and other postal history from the era of New Deal to the Royal Philatelic Society in London. During the New Deal era, Postmaster General James A. Farley issued a stamp that promoted the work the National ...
  • Black in the Limelight: The New Deal’s Negro Theater Project
    • February 18, 2022
    It was April 14,1936 and the nation was mired deep in the Great Depression. But joy could be found that night in Harlem at the Lafayette Theatre. It was the glitzy world premiere of the Federal Theatre Project’s Negro Theatre Unit production of Shakespeare’s MacBeth, directed by the 20-year-old Orson ...
  • It Can't Happen Here?
    • January 27, 2022
    It Can't Happen Here? The nation was roiling from fear and discontent laid bare by the Great Depression. On the morning of FDR’s inauguration, March 4, 1933, Washington was braced for violence. Elected in a landslide, Roosevelt promised to make people’s lives better. They deserved a New Deal, he had said. ...
  • The Forgotten Coup of 1933
    • January 19, 2022
    That the American press largely ignored an attempt to forcibly overthrow President Franklin Roosevelt only months after his inauguration in 1933 seems less extraordinary in light of the right-wing media’s current efforts to dismiss a far more alarming—and televised—coup attempt on January 6, 2021. Jonathan M. Katz resurrects that earlier effort ...
  • Living New Deal Webinar Series: “The New Deal Artistry of Jo Mora”
    • January 12, 2022
    Courtesy, Jo Mora Trust JOIN US!“The New Deal Artistry of Jo Mora”Tuesday, January 18, 5pm PSTAdventurer, author and artist of the American West, Jo Mora worked as a cowboy, a guard on a Mexican railroad, and lived with the Hopi in Arizona before settling in California, where he briefly worked for ...
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