NEW DEAL STORIES COLLECTED BY THE LIVING NEW DEAL

Edward Sweeney – CCC Enrollee

My father Edward Sweeney, and his two little brothers, were orphaned when their parents died in the flu pandemic of 1920. He was 2 years old. His single Aunt Kate Shea (later Tighe), picked up the boys from Pennsylvania, and… read more

Isidore Horowitz, by Dr. Laura Hapke

During the Second New Deal, a revolution in aid to working people was born. The Social Security Act brought my uncle, Isidore Horowitz, a migrant from Lithuania (then under anti-semitic Russian rule) to tears. He was unemployed, in his thirties,… read more

Ann Hawkins

My father and his two brothers left Ohio when they were in the 7th, 8th, and 9th grades. They road the rails to CA and joined the CCC, sending home $75 apiece each month in order to support their families… read more

Dale Thomas Mathews, D.Phil.

My late father did his doctoral research on the New Deal in Puerto Rico, which he subsequently published. While the English version, titled “Puerto Rican Politics and the New Deal,” has long been out of print, the University of Puerto… read more

Russ Czaplewski

Father and grandparents lived at New Deal project; grandfather employed by WPA

I am descended from a family that lived on the Resettlement Project at Loup City. The ‘Farmsteads’ as the project was better known, was one of eight Resettlement projects spread across Nebraska. The Loup City project was home to my… read more