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New Deal Today: Policy & Politics

News items that speak to the resurgence of interest in the New Deal as a touchstone for public policy and political action today.

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  • LND Featured on NPR's Marketplace: The New Deal’s Legacy
    • January 24, 2024
    • Living New Deal
    The Living New Deal was featured on National Public Radio's Marketplace. Natalie McDonald, Living New Deal Research Assistant, spoke about the built legacy of the New Deal and the work of the Living New Deal does to document this era. The podcast examined how the New Deal changed the relationship read more
  • Banyan Tree in WPA-Built Park in Lahaina HI Survives the Maui Fire
    • August 11, 2023
    • Living New Deal
    The Lahaina Banyan Tree has survived the Maui Fire and stands as a symbol of resilience as Lahaina mourns the many lives lost this week. The Banyan Tree is a beloved landmark and an essential part of Maui's cultural and natural heritage. The massive tree, planted in 1873, has grown read more
  • New Deal-Built Municipal Auditorium in Barre, VT, is serving as an emergency shelter for flood victims
    • July 19, 2023
    • Living New Deal
    The New Deal-built Barre municipal auditorium has served as a safe shelter, for those displaced and impacted by the severe storms in Vermont. The Barre Auditorium was constructed in 1938-9 as a federal Public Works Administration project. On July 10, 2023, in response to severe storms and significant flooding impacting Vermont, read more
  • Lincoln Financial Field
    • July 16, 2023
    • Living New Deal
    Lincoln Financial Field, "The Linc", on Pattison Avenue between 11th and South Darien streets in South Philadelphia (and part of the South Philadelphia Sports Complex), is the present home field of the National Football League's Philadelphia Eagles.The team's name and eagle logo came from the symbol of the National Recovery read more
  • Growing up Roosevelt, A Conversation with Anna Eleanor Seagraves
    • May 25, 2023
    • Kurt Feichtmeir
    Since 2005, when The Living New Deal began the work of documenting the New Deal’s achievements across the country, we’ve been fortunate to have members of the Roosevelt family on our team. Descendants of FDR and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt have advised and supported our organization from the start. Several read more
  • Letter from President Biden: Tennessee Valley Authority's 90-Year Anniversary
    • May 12, 2023
    • Living New Deal
    On May 18, 2023, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) will celebrate its 90-year anniversary. The TVA Board of Directors presented a letter from President Biden congratulating the authority on its 90-year anniversary since FDR signed the TVA Act establishing it on May 18, 1933. read more
  • Democrats Used to Be Able to Get Things Done. What Happened?
    • May 11, 2023
    • Living New Deal
    But Democrats have a problem that has bedeviled their leaders on and off ever since shrewd political bosses from Albany and stalwart Jeffersonians from Virginia founded what would become the party roughly 200 years ago. They lack a social movement of working people that could turn passive support for universal read more
  • Environmental organizations unveil ‘Green New Deal pledge’ for 2022 candidates
    • May 10, 2023
    • Living New Deal
    Environmental organizations unveil ‘Green New Deal pledge’ for 2022 candidatesSigners of the pledge commit to rejecting any donations of more than $200 from fossil fuel interests and commit to co-sponsoring 10 pieces of Green New Deal-related legislation within six months of taking office. These include the original Green New Deal resolution, read more
  • 7 Incredible Feats of Engineering Funded During the New Deal
    • May 10, 2023
    • Living New Deal
    Several projects funded during the New Deal were incredible feats of engineering that remain as permanent reminders of what a government can accomplish when it puts people to work.By Barry SilversteinHistory of Yesterday, April 5, 2022 read more
  • Historian Victoria Wolcott Wins New Deal Book Award
    • April 28, 2023
    • Susan Ives
    Victoria W. Wolcott, professor of History at the University at Buffalo College of Arts and Sciences, has been named the winner of the Living New Deal’s annual New Deal Book Award for 2022. Her book, Living in the Future: Utopianism and the Long Civil Rights Movement, (University of Chicago Press, 2022), explores the read more
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