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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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  • A Stamp to Make FDR Proud
    • March 14, 2017
    • Gabriel Milner
    Over at his Postlandia blog, our New York Regional Director Evan Kalish reports from the First-Day stamp ceremony at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, New York. There, on March 7, “a crowd of 175 gathered to celebrate the issuance of ten WPA Poster-themed Forever read more
  • Grading America's Infrastructure. (It's Not Good.)
    • March 13, 2017
    • Gabriel Milner
    The American Society of Civil Engineers has just released its Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, an accounting done every four years since 1988. The ASCE grades the nation’s built environment and social services: Public parks, drinking water, bridges, schools, toxic waste disposal, and more—16 categories in all. The results are sobering: read more
  • PWA Gem in Indianapolis Rescued
    • March 6, 2017
    • Glory-June Greiff
    Good news at last! The abandoned James E. Roberts School for Crippled Children in Indianapolis, frequently listed as one of the state’s Ten Most Endangered and long threatened with demolition by the Indianapolis Public School (IPS) system, is to be rehabilitated and remodeled into thirty apartments. The developers vow to read more
  • Mail Your Letters with a WPA Poster (Stamp)
    • February 24, 2017
    • Gabriel Milner
    Here at The Living New Deal, we've preordered the latest edition to the Postal Service's stamp gallery: Renderings of works initially created for the Poster Division of the WPA/FAP. These 20 "striking and utilitarian" images depict tennis players and bighorn sheep, industrial workers and ocean liners, and one of the most iconic images read more
  • The Freedom From Fear/Yellow Bowl Project: Remembering America's Concentration Camps
    • January 20, 2017
    • Gabriel Milner
    In December 2015 I saw Donald Trump on CNN invoke FDR’s use of “internment” for the Japanese as a possible solution for the "Muslim problem". At the time, I was on my way to Manzanar, CA, one of ten US internment camps created in 1942 to hold 110,000 people of read more
  • Florida’s New Deal Landscapes in Jeopardy
    • January 19, 2017
    • David Driapsa
    Florida’s State Parks — like those of other states — expanded and greatly benefited from New Deal programs as well as from Franklin Roosevelt’s personal interest in conservation (see previous newsletter for review of Douglas Brinkley’s Rightful Heritage.) So skillfully did experienced landscape designers and CCC recruits work to preserve read more
  • Greenhills Named a National Historic Landmark
    • January 17, 2017
    • Susan Ives
    Near Cincinnati, Ohio, the Village of Greenhills is one of only three New Deal “greenbelt” towns in the country. On January 11, it was designated a National Historic Landmark by the Department of the Interior. Greenhills was a demonstration project of the Resettlement Administration (RA) a short-lived New Deal agency that read more
  • CCC Totem Pole Inventory Needed
    • January 17, 2017
    • Susan Ives
    During the New Deal, the federal government took an unprecedented step toward preserving Native American art: It funded an effort to repair and replicate scores of totem poles in southeast Alaska. Alaska, then a U.S. territory, was suffering from chronic unemployment during the Great Depression. Between 1938 and 1942, the Civilian read more
  • Schussing in New England, Courtesy of the CCC
    • January 17, 2017
    • Alex Tarr
    The long, cold winter months can take their toll on the psyche of residents of the Northeast. To help stave off cabin fever, winter sports that get people out and enjoying—rather than dreading—snowy days are invaluable. Surprisingly, it was not until the 1930s that snow skiing became a popular form read more
  • The Fate of the New Deal
    • December 18, 2016
    • Gabriel Milner
    One of the many unknowns of Donald Trump’s impending presidency is the fate of America’s New Deal legacy. Last Tuesday, Newt Gingrich spoke before the Heritage Foundation in a wide-ranging speech celebrating Trump’s victory and the social, economic, and cultural changes it seemed to auger. Gingrich’s speech centered on his vision of read more
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Living New Deal. Still Working for America.

And the Winners are . . .

FDR delivering one of his fireside chats.

The 2023 New Deal Book Award

The winning titles and authors have been announced. The 2023 Award, with a prize of $1,000, will be presented at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library June 22, 2024.