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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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  • Communities Fight to Save U.S. Post Offices and New Deal Art
    • October 24, 2013
    • Gray Brechin
    Coast to coast, from the Bronx and Chelsea in New York City to Venice, La Jolla, Ukiah, Redlands, and Berkeley in California, the Postal Service has decided that it will sell historic downtown post offices without looking at alternatives. Hundreds of post offices are up for sale or lease, and the read more
  • Help Us Meet a $50,000 Challenge
    • October 12, 2013
    • Gabriel Milner
    Your tax-deductible donation to the Living New Deal will be matched dollar for dollar between now and the end of 2013.  Find out more about our challenge grant and how you can help. With your support The Living New Deal is documenting the stories, art, architecture, and lessons of the New read more
  • Another New Deal Building Falls to the Wrecking Ball
    • October 12, 2013
    • Gabriel Milner
    The Rogers County Courthouse in Claremore, Oklahoma, built by the New Deal in 1937, was recently demolished to make way for a new courthouse on the same site.  We found this photo by Jimmy Emerson on Flicker.  We welcome anyone with further information on the building or its demolition to read more
  • Roosevelt Library Renovation Unveiled
    • September 3, 2013
    • Gabriel Milner
    The Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Library, the premier New Deal study center and the nation's first presidential library, got a major overhaul during the last year, as revealed in Spring 2013.   Not only did the Hyde Park center get it first major renovation since it was dedicated in 1941, read more
  • WPA Murals in Danger in Orangetown, NY
    • August 18, 2013
    • Gabriel Milner
    WPA murals in the Children’s Building of the Rockland Sate Hospital, built in 1929, are in danger of being destroyed.  The main mural, the “Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by 1930’s artist Victor Pedrotti Trent, 1941, is 4’ x 100’ on four walls, with a fifth mural possibly done by another read more
  • New Deal Art Registry Merger
    • August 9, 2013
    • Richard A Walker
    The New Deal Art Registry, a rich trove of photographs and documents, is merging with the Living New Deal, adding some 1,500 new sites to our database and national map.  The Art Registry is the work of Barbara and John Bernstein of San Francisco, who accumulated this magnificent archive of  New read more
  • Brechin: "History is Repeating Itself"
    • June 5, 2013
    • Gabriel Milner
    Gray Brechin's latest on the Post Office and the role of the press in keeping the public under-informed about the crisis of the selloff of our common heritage:   May 28, 2013 /  In 1906, surveyor Stephen Puter wrote a tell-all book from prison, Looters of the Public Domain, which details how Puter read more
  • For Sale: America’s Historic Post Offices
    • May 27, 2013
    • Susan Ives
    Despite growing public protest, the U.S. Postal Service is moving apace to sell the public’s historic post offices. Many are New Deal-era buildings containing unique public artworks.
    Despite growing public protest, the U.S. Postal Service is moving apace to sell the public’s historic post offices. Many are New Deal-era buildings containing unique public artworks. read more
  • An Open Letter on the Proposed Sales of US Post Offices
    • April 30, 2013
    • Gabriel Milner
    Dr. Francis O'Connor penned this open letter in protest of the sales of post offices across the country -- and the public art contained therein. Dr. O'Connor is the dean of New Deal art studies, and is largely responsible for the rediscovery and scholarly study of federally-sponsored art programs of read more
  • New CCC Museum in Alabama
    • April 23, 2013
    • Gabriel Milner
    There's a new museum in Alabama, focused on the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps. Writes Alabama.com:  The museum building is "not new to DeSoto State Park. It was built in 1940 by Company 472 of the CCC as a contact station for the original entrance to the park one year read more
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