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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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  • New Deal Art Disappearing from the Public Sphere
    • February 28, 2012
    • The Fireside
    New Deal art is endangered as post offices are sold off, public buildings shuttered, and artworks are relegated to museum vaults and private collections. The New York Times reports that the University of California misplaced, then sold a 22-foot-wide carving by renowned African-American artist Sargent Johnson. The work, created under the Federal Arts Project, read more
  • UC Berkeley Sells Off Precious New Deal Artwork
    • February 21, 2012
    • Richard A Walker
    The University of California has sold off a redwood carving by renowned Berkeley African American artist Sargent Johnson.  The sculpture, completed in 1937, hung in the School for Deaf and Blind, now the Clark Kerr Campus, of UC Berkeley.  Johnson worked for the Federal Art Project of the Works Progress Administration, a read more
  • New York Times Covers Sale of Sargent Johnson Sculpture by UC Berkeley
    • February 21, 2012
    • Richard A Walker
    The dogged pursuit of this story by the Living New Deal's Harvey Smith, who is also president of the National New Deal Preservation Association, paid off in national news coverage of the horrible blunder of the University of California, Berkeley, in selling off a million dollar New Deal artwork for read more
  • Venice Post Office Rally
    • February 13, 2012
    • Richard A Walker
    The Venice post office is a gem built by the federal government during the Great Depression.   Its tile roof and New Deal artist-created mural makes it one of the classic works of the 30's.  Now it is threatened by the federal budget crisis and is on the chopping block read more
  • Venice Post Office Rally
    • February 13, 2012
    • Richard A Walker
    The Venice post office is a gem built by the federal government during the Great Depression.   Its tile roof and New Deal artist-created mural makes it one of the classic works of the 30's.  Now it is threatened by the federal budget crisis and is on the chopping block read more
  • Selling Off New Deal Post Offices
    • January 24, 2012
    • Richard A Walker
    During the New Deal, the federal government built over 1,100 post offices, and many of them are now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The New Deal also commissioned murals and sculptures for many of these post offices, as well as for libraries, schools and other public buildings.  read more
  • Citizens Fuel Effort to Restore Coit Tower Murals
    • January 22, 2012
    • Shaina
    Dismayed by longtime neglect of the murals, San Francisco citizens take matters into their own hands, proposing a ballot measure to ensure protection for the murals.  Prompted by Gayle Leyton and Ruth Gottstein, daughter of one of the muralists, the Telegraph Hill Dwellers Association created the Protect Coit Tower Committee, read more
  • Coit Tower Murals Due for Restoration
    • January 13, 2012
    • Richard A Walker
    The New Deal's first public murals, in San Francisco's famous Coit Tower, are much in need of attention after 75 years of wear and tear.  Efforts are just getting underway to do the necessary restoration work. A full account appeared in the Los Angeles Times on January 3d, 2012, followed by a read more
  • Lessons of the 1930s: There Could Be Trouble Ahead
    • January 3, 2012
    • Richard A Walker
    Lessons of the 1930s: There could be trouble aheadPublication: The Economist, Dec 2011 Even The Economist, a securely liberal-centrist business magazine, thinks that we're in big trouble today with every country playing the austerity card in the midst of the worst depression since the 1930s.  They realize the world economy needs read more
  • New Deal's Legacy in Danger of Being Ruined
    • October 13, 2011
    • Lisa Thompson
    Many of those who worked for the New Deal believed that they were building a civilization. They left us thousands of schools, colleges, bridges, dams, murals, parks and aqueducts, now falling into ruin, as did those of ancient Rome. To recover their vision, we must relearn an ethical language now read more
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