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New Deal



  • The Depression-Era Lessons That Can Solve Today’s Evictions Crisis

    by Anya Jabour

    Social workers and researchers Edith Abbott and Sophonisba Breckinridge conducted an important study of evictions in Chicago during the Great Depression and advocated for federal support for a minimum standard of living including housing. The looming eviction crisis demands similar big thinking. 



  • When Henry Wallace Warned of ‘American Fascism’

    John Nichols's new book argues that Franklin Roosevelt's decision to cut loose Vice President Henry Wallace crippled egalitarian politics in the Democratic Party with lasting consequences.   



  • The Future of American Liberalism

    Columnist David Brooks looks to historians of the New Deal era to suggest Joe Biden can succeed like FDR by offering an active but pragmatic plan to pull America out of the hole created by the coronavirus pandemic. 



  • Once Upon a Time, When America Paid Its Writers

    In Jason Boog’s new book, "The Deep End," he offers colorful and often grim profiles of nine Depression-era writers and connects their stories to the struggles that writers face today. Even before our current economic crisis, it was a depressingly apt comparison.



  • Pencil Leaners

    by Jeff Sparrow

    As Australia considers government support to artistic workers inspired by the US New Deal, important differences in context should be observed. 



  • It Didn’t Have to Be Like This

    The New Deal, per historian Eric Rauchway, illustrates the relationship between the American economy and American democracy.



  • Greening the Old New Deal

    National service and a green new deal, with lessons from the old new deal, could be the first step in “civilianizing” our nation, and beyond recovery, enhancing the world’s prospects for health, justice, and sustainability.