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New Deal airports, schools, hospitals, post offices, art, highways and more are still in use 75 years after they were built. No city, town, or rural area was untouched by the New Deal.

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New Deal San Francisco Map

We have created a printed map and pocket guide to the highlights of the New Deal in San Francisco, available to visitors, teachers, students and the general public.

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Signature on the back of a CWA model.

CWA Models Found in Museum Attic

Attics sometimes become unintended archives. At the Museum of the American Indian in Novato, California, director Colleen Hicks and archeologist Teresa Saltzman made a serendipitous discovery early this year. In January 2016, they found nine models of ancient Southwestern Puebloan… read more

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Announcing a New Biography of Henry Alsberg

Henry Alsberg, a journalist with a passion for social justice, directed the WPA’s Federal Writers’ Project. Under his guidance, thousands of unemployed writers were hired and over one thousand books published, many of the utmost importance to preserving historical voices… read more

New New Deal

Bernie Sanders and Historical Memory

In running for President, Sen. Bernie Sanders has compelled Americans to rethink some long-standing political bromides of the neoliberal era, such as the evils of government action and universal health insurance. But how radical is Bernie, really? As Sanders and others have pointed out,… read more

New Deal Book Club

We are committed to promoting the most up-to-date scholarship on the New Deal. Here you will find past book reviews, as well as interactive features, including the Living New Deal Book Club. Each month, members of our staff will select a book, from or about the New Deal, to be read and, through this feature, commented on. Here is your chance to participate in a conversation with fellow readers across the country. If you are interested in joining, or have suggestions for books we can read together, contact Project Manager Gabriel Milner at info@livingnewdeal.org.

Living New Deal Events

  • Victor Arnautoff and the Richmond Post Office Mural.

    From our friends at the Richmond, CA, Museum of History:   The Richmond Museum of History is delighted to host our first fundraiser dedicated to the restoration of the mural Richmond: An Industrial City by Victor Arnautoff. The mural was… read more

  • Rethinking Economic and Educational Engagement in Berkeley.

    This Friday, April 29, the Roosevelt@Cal chapter of the Roosevelt Institute presents a “roundtable discussion with local elected officials and UC Berkeley professors.” Join the participants as they address the theme, “Disenchanted–Not Disengaged: Rethinking Economic & Educational Engagement in Berkeley.” This… read more

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