Our New Map: New Deal New York City
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Spring 2017

These days it’s important to remember a time when government invested in infrastructure, the arts, parks, the environment, and the health and wellbeing of the American people. Our new publication, a "Map and Guide to New Deal New York,” highlights a thousand examples of what the New Deal created in just one city. The map will make its debut next month in Manhattan at the Museum of the City of New York and the Roosevelt House at Hunter College, at events featuring leading writers and scholars of the New Deal. 

Our spring newsletter brings you a medley of stories: wooing the South to support the New Deal, the CCC’s long-term impact in Idaho, the prolific life of CCC artist Frank Cassara, and more. Your support makes our work possible. Thank you.

In this issue:
Our New Map and Guide to New Deal New York, by Richard Walker
Remembering Frank Casssara, the Last of the CCC Artists, by Kathleen Duxbury
Reprising New Deal Fear, by Ira Katznelson
Building Bridges, Not Walls, by Harvey Smith
"CCC in Idaho" Goes Digital, by Ivar Nelson
Exhibition: American Painting of the 1930s, reviewed by Richard Walker

Book: Tilden Regional Park—Queen of the East Bay Regional Parks, by Richard Langs, Park History Press, 2016, 246 pp. $24.50, reviewed by Gray Brechin


Our New Map and Guide to New Deal New York

By Richard Walker

Just off the press, our new map reveals the New Deal’s footprint in America’s largest city, with descriptions of signature sites and New Deal walking tours in Central Park, Midtown, and Downtown. Read more

Remembering Frank Cassara, the Last of the CCC Artists

By Kathleen Duxbury

December 15, 1934. Dear Sir, It has come to my notice that the government intends to send one hundred artists to C.C.C. camps. I am greatly interested in recording camp life and would appreciate any opportunity you could give me…. Thanking you for any information you can send me, I am, yours sincerely, Frank Cassara.
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Reprising New Deal Fear

By Ira Katznelson

Without the support of the South, there could have been no New Deal. With Southern support, the New Deal could proceed, but at a cost. Read more

Building Bridges, Not Walls 

By Harvey Smith

Two upcoming exhibits in San Francisco celebrate the iconic Depression-era bridges of the Bay Area and the immigrants who made them possible
. Read more

"CCC in Idaho" Goes Digital

By Ivar Nelson

Idaho had the most CCC enrollees per capita of any state in the nation. A new online portal at the University of Idaho Library documenting the CCC in that state will go live this summer. Read more


Exhibitions: American Painting of the 1930s

Reviewed by Richard Walker

The international audiences viewing the exhibit at l’Orangerie in Paris were clearly delighted by this refreshing look at a kind of American art they rarely see and the excellence of the works on display. The exhibit is now showing at London's Royal Academy of Arts, where it will be on display through June 4, 2017. Read more

Book: Tilden Regional ParkQueen of the East Bay Regional Parks

by Richard Langs. Park History Press, 2016, 246 pages and 420 photographs. $24.50.
Reviewed by Gray Brechin

The East Bay Regional Parks contain an overlooked New Deal legacy. CCC and WPA workers built roads, buildings, picnic areas, and water systems; removed poison oak; and planted thousands of trees in Tilden Park. Read more

Mapping New Deal New York

The Living New Deal will unveil our map of New Deal New York at two events in Manhattan in May. Join us at the Roosevelt House at Hunter College on May 11 and the Museum of the City of New York on May 18 for panels and celebrations.

New Deal Forever

A new series of U.S. postage stamps celebrates the posters of the WPA Federal Art Project and the ideals of Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal. See the 10 designs.
We must especially beware of that small group of selfish men who would clip the wings of the American eagle in order to feather their own nests.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

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