Gray Brechin Interviewed in Curbed

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Gray Brechin was interviewed by By Patrick Sisson for a Curbed story titled, “Stimulus isn’t enough. Our cities need a post-pandemic New Deal.” Reflecting on the current crisis, Brechin noted that, “advocates and boosters of the New Deal constantly spoke of ‘increasing… read more

All in this Together

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Dear Friends of the Living New Deal, Like you, we’re rattled. As of today at midnight, the 7 million people living in the Bay Area were put under “lock down” to arrest the spread of the corona virus. Schools, shops,… read more

Three Myths About Unemployment

The New Deal Disproved and Biden Must Reject David Riemer and June Hopkins Originally published on The Hill.  https://thehill.com/opinion/finance/531978-three-myths-about-unemployment As a new administration prepares to grapple with the economic crisis caused by COVID-19, three myths about unemployment continue to muddle the… read more

Donald Trump, the Anti-FDR

By June Hopkins and Stephen Seufert – 12/25/20 Originally published on The Hill https://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/531042-donald-trump-the-anti-fdr In April 1932 Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt was running for president when the nation was in the depths of a devastating economic depression. He famously stated, “These… read more

The Ghosts Among Us—The WPA Slave Narratives

Old Slave Day Reunion, 1937, Southern Pines, North Carolina

“Lookee here, Mister, I jes an old colored woman, an I knows my place, an I wisht you wouldn’t walk wid me counta what folks might say.” The old woman saying this, Josephine Anderson, was formerly enslaved. It was October… read more

A New Deal for Birds

Aldo Leopold

When FDR took office in 1933, of the 120 million acres of marsh and wetlands originally found in the US, only 30 million acres remained. The population of waterfowl had reached its lowest point in recorded history—approximately 27 million birds. … read more

FDR’s Legacy and Joe Biden’s Greatest Challenge

David Riemer and June Hopkins Previously published in The Hill. https://t`hehill.com/opinion/white-house/527275-fdrs-legacy-and-joe-bidens-greatest-challenge When Joe Biden gave his acceptance speech as president-elect, he referred to “FDR in 1932 — promising a beleaguered country a New Deal.”  Biden and his backers have frequently compared the crises Roosevelt faced in… read more

The Case for New Deal Art

“Cotton Pickers,” Linden, Texas Post Office mural, 1939

President Roosevelt and his circle believed in the value of the public realm and public service, so they made government investment in public goods such as parks, schools and civic buildings a pillar of the New Deal. Along with its… read more

A Light Went On: New Deal Rural Electrification Act

“Electricity for All”

The cities were electrified; rural areas were not. A light went on when Nebraska Senator George Norris had an idea: Rural homes across the country should have greater access to electricity. Rural Americans weren’t being given a fair chance, Norris… read more