Writing America’s Story

The Fireside—News and Views from The Living New Deal

Writing America’s Story

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Creating thousands of jobs for unemployed creatives, the Federal Writers’ Project (1935-1943) proved a launchpad for some of America’s most celebrated storytellers. FWP workers produced research, writings and recordings that illuminate the historical, cultural and political circumstances of the New Deal-era. The FWP archive, housed at the Library of Congress, continues to inspire and inform ninety years on. In that spirit, the Living New Deal seeks to encourage authorship about the New Deal through our annual New Deal Book Award. The award recognizes writers whose work provides a deeper understanding and appreciation of those extraordinary times.


Susan Ives is communications director for the Living New Deal and editor of the Living New Deal newsletter.

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