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A First-Ever Map of New Deal New York City Coming in May
Our map of New Deal New York is ready to roll out. Nearly two years in the making, it documents around 1000 New Deal works across all five boroughs. The 18" x 27" full-color map also showcases 50 major New Deal sites and artworks in the city, including the Triborough Bridge (pictured under construction above), the Statue of Liberty (which received needed improvements), and Ben Shahn and Bernarda Bryson's mural "Resources of America", each of which is accompanied by brief explanatory text. The map folds to pocket size for use by tourists, teachers, students, guides, and locals. There will be an official launch for the map at public events on May 11th at the Roosevelt House & May 18th at the Museum of the City of New York.
Steps Towards Racial Equality Revealed in New Deal Photos
While the New Deal failed to dislodge the deep structures of racism and racial hierarchy in America, a surprising number of New Deal programs were racially integrated. Still, there has been little appreciation of the way progressive New Dealers used the CCC and WPA to subvert the existing racial order. The Living New Deal commemorates their efforts: Drawn from photos that Brent McKee encountered in his research at the National Archives, we've created a new page. “Working Together” showcases the many instances when New Dealers came together to reflect a diverse, integrated nation, and suggests what progress we can make—economically and socially—under enlightened leadership. 

Living New Dealer of the Month: Charles Swaney
Charles Swaney, a retired radiologist in Columbia, MO, has been a Research Associate with us for years, adding many photos and descriptions of New Deal sites to The Living New Deal map. (That's him at Northwood Golf Club, a WPA project in Northern California.) As Charles recently told us, "Images were essential to my work as a radiologist and flowed from a love of art. Art was my entry to the world of the New Deal because of a fascination with post office murals and sculptures, coupled with a hunt for them on my travels across this country." New Deal sites have been integral to Charles's life, from camping at Logger's Lake to attending Jefferson Junior High (as did his children) to concerts at the Zoo Amphi-theater (New Deal sites all). "This is a legacy we should nurture and remember," says Charles.
 
Book of the Month: The African-American Experience in the CCC
Fifteen years before President Truman ordered the desegregation of the U.S. Armed Services in 1948, the legislation that created the Civilian Conservation Corps stipulated that it would be free of discrimination on the basis of race, color, or creed. For his fascinating study of how that ideal often clashed with the reality of racism in the camps and in nearby communities, Olin Cole, Jr., interviewed former CCC'ers in California. Although the experiment in racial integration ended in July 1935 (when Tennessee-born CCC director Robert Fechner ordered the camps segregated, often to surprising opposition), Cole demonstrates how, for many of the 200,000 Black enrollees, work and education in the CCC camps provided opportunity and foundations for future advancement as well as some of their most fulfilling years. 
* Recorded in 1932 by Don Redman and His Orchestra, with the assistance of Bill Robinson, "Doin' the New Low Down" was a hit record in the year before Franklin Roosevelt's administration undertook the New Deal.
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