Bibliography: New Deal

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Author Title

Badger, Anthony J.

FDR: The First Hundred Days.

Hill and Wang, 2008.


The New Deal: The Depression Years, 1933-1940.

Ivan R. Dee, 2002.                                           


New Deal/New South: An Anthony J. Badger Reader

University of Arkansas Press, 2007.

Barber, William J.

Designs within Disorder: Franklin D. Roosevelt, the Economists, and the Shaping of American Economic Policy, 1933-1945. 

Cambridge University Press, 1996.

Bauman, John F. and Thomas H. Coode

In the Eye of the Great Depression: New Deal Reporters and the Agony of the American People­.

Northern Illinois University Press, 1988.

Best, Gary D.   

Pride, Prejudice and Politics: Roosevelt versus Recovery, 1933-1938. 

Praeger, 1991.

Biles, Roger

A New Deal for the American People. 

Northern Illinois University Press, 1991.

Bindas, Kenneth J.


Remembering the Great Depression in the Rural South

University Press of Florida, 2007

Bold, Christine


Writers, Plumbers, and Anarchists: The WPA Writers' Project in Massachusetts

University of Massachusetts Pres, 2006

Bolden, Tonya

FDR’s Alphabet Soup: New Deal America, 1932-1939.

Alfred A. Knopf, 2010.

Borgwardt, Elizabeth

A New Deal for the World: America's Vision for Human Rights.

Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2005.

Braeman, John, ed.

The New Deal. 

Ohio State University Press, 1975.

v. 1 The National Level

v. 2 The State and Local Levels

Brinkley, Alan

The End of Reform: New Deal Liberalism in Recession and War. 

Alfred A. Knopf, 1995.

Carter, Ennis


Posters for the People: Art of the WPA

Quirk Books, 2008

Choate, Jean

Disputed Ground: Farm Groups that opposed the New Deal Agricultural Program.

McFarland, 2002.

Clarke, Jeanne N.

Roosevelt's Warrior: Harold L. Ickes and the New Deal.

Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996.

Clemens, Elizabeth


The Works Progress Administration in Detroit

Arcadia Publishing, 2008

Cohen, Wilbur, J.

The Roosevelt New Deal: A Program Assessment Fifty Years After. 

Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, 1986.

Conkin, Paul F.

The New Deal.  3rd ed.

Harlan Davidson, 1992.

Davis, Anita Price


New Deal Art in North Carolina: The Murals, Sculptures, Reliefs, Paintings, Oils and Frescoes and Their Creators

McFarland & Co., 2009

Davis, Kenneth S.

FDR, the New Deal Years, 1933-1937.    

Random House, 1986.

Dewing, Rolland


Regions in Transition: The Northern Great Plains and the Pacific Northwest in the Great Depression

University Press of America, 2006

Downey, Kirstin

The Woman Behind the New Deal: The Life of Frances Perkins, FDR's Secretary of Labor and His Moral Conscience.

Doubleday, 2009.

Dubofsky, Melvyn and Stephen Burwood

The New Deal.

Garland Publishers, 1990.

Eden, Robert    

The New Deal and Its Legacy: Critique and Reappraisal 

Greenwood Press, 1989.

Edsforth, Ronald

The New Deal: America's Response to the Great Depression. 

Blackwell Publishers, 2000.

Eliot, Thomas H.

Recollections of the New Deal: When the People Mattered.

Northeastern University Press, 1992.

Esperdy, Gabrielle

Modernizing Main Street : Architecture and Conservation Culture in the New Deal.

University of Chicago Press, 2008.

Fearon, Peter


Kansas in the Great Depression: Work Relief, the Dole, and Rehabilitation

University of Missouri Press, 2007

Flynn, Kathryn A.

The New Deal: A 75th Anniversary Celebration.

Gibbs Smith, 2008.

Folsom, Burton, Jr.


New Deal or Raw Deal? How FDR's Economic Legacy Has Damaged America

Threshold Editions, 2008

Fraser, Steve and Gary Gerstle

The Rise and Fall of the New Deal Order, 1930-1980.

Princeton University Press, 1989.

Freidel, Frank

Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Rendezvous with Destiny. 

Little, Brown, 1990.

Gelfand, Lawrence.

The New Deal, Viewed from Fifty Years. 

Center for the Study of the Recent History of the United States, 1984.

Graham, Otis L.

The New Deal: The Critical Issues. 

Little, Brown, 1971.


Great Depression and the New Deal: A Thematic Encyclopedia, 2 volumes.

ABC-CLIO, 2010.

Grieve, Victoria

The Federal Art Project and the Creation of Middlebrow Culture.

University of Illinois Press, 2009.

Gross, Steven Jay

"Civic Hands upon the Land: Diverse Patterns of Social Education in the Civilian Conservations Corps and Its Analogues, 1933-1942"

In Social Education in the Twentieth Century: Curriculum and Context for Citizenship.

Peter Lang, 2004.

Hamilton, David E.

The New Deal. 

Houghton, Mifflin, 1999.

Hawley, Ellis    

The New Deal and the Problem of Monopoly; a Study in Economic Ambivalence.

Princeton University Press, 1966.

Hillstrom, Kevin


The Great Depression and the New Deal

Omnigraphics, 2009

Hosen, Frederick E.

The Great Depression and the New Deal: Legislative Acts in Their Entirety (1932-1933) and Statistical Economic Data (1926-1946). 

McFarland, 1992.

Irons, Peter      

The New Deal Lawyers. 

Princeton University Press, 1982.

Jarrow, Gail


Robert H. Jackson: New Deal Lawyer, Supreme Court Justice, Nuremberg Prosecutor

Calkins Creek, 2008

Karl, Barry D.   

The Uneasy State: The United States from 1915 to 1945.

University of Chicago Press, 1983.                   

Kolvet, Renée Corona and Victoria Ford


The Civilian Conservation Corps in Nevada: From Boys to Men

University of Nevada Press, 2006

Lash, Joseph P.

Dealers and Dreamers: A New Look at the New Deal.

Doubleday, 1988.

Leighninger, Robert D., Jr.


Building Louisiana: The Legacy of the Public Works Administration

University Press of Mississippi, 2007

Leuchtenburg, William

Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal, 1932-1940. 

Harper and Row, 1963.


The New Deal: A Documentary History. 

Harper & Row, 1968.

Levine, Rhonda 

Class Struggle and the New Deal: Industrial Labor, Industrial Capital, and the State. 

University Press of Kansas, 1988.

Louchheim, Katie

The Making of the New Deal: The Insiders Speak.                                     

Harvard University Press, 1983.

Maher, Neil M.


Nature's New Deal: The Civilian Conservation Corps and the Roots of the American Environmental Movement

Oxford University Press, 2008

McElvaine, Robert S.

The Great Depression: America, 1929-1941.

Times Books, 1984.

Mettler, Suzanne

Dividing Citizens: Gender and Federalism in New Deal Public Policy. 

Cornell University Press, 1998.

Milkman, Paul

PM: A New Deal in Journalism, 1940-1948. 

Rutgers University Press, 1997.

Moley, Raymond

The First New Deal. 

Harcourt, Brace & World, 1966.

Moore, Robert J.


The Civilian Conservation Corps in Arizona's Rim Country: Working in the Woods

University of Nevada Press, 2006

Olson, James S.

Historical Dictionary of the New Deal From Inauguration to Preparation for War

Greenwood Press, 1985.

Phillips, Sarah T.


This Land, This Nation:  Conservation, Rural America, and the New Deal

Cambridge University Press, 2007

Poole, Mary


The Segregated Origins of Social Security: African Americans and the Welfare State

University of North Carolina Press, 2006

Quinn, Susan


Furious Improvisation: How the WPA and a Cast of Thousands Made High Art out of Desperate Times

Walker & Co., 2008

Rauch, Basil

The History of the New Deal, 1933-1938. 

Creative Age Press, 1944.

Reagan, Patrick D.

Designing a New America: The Origins of New Deal Planning, 1890-1943.

University of Massachusetts Press, 1999.

Robinson, Edgar

The Roosevelt Leadership, 1933-1945.    

Lippincott, 1955.

Romasco, Albert U.

The Politics of Recovery: Roosevelt's New Deal.

Oxford University Press, 1983.

Rosenof, Theodore

Economics in the Long Run: New Deal Theorists and Their Legacies, 1933-1993.

University of North Carolina Press, 1997.

Rozell, Mark J. and Wm. D.Peterson

FDR and the Modern Presidency:  Leadership and Legacy.

Praeger, 1997.

Schivelbusch, Wolfgang


Three New Deals: Reflections on Roosevelt's America, Mussolini's Italy, and Hitler's Germany, 1933-1939

Metropolitan Books, 2006

Scroop, Daniel

Mr. Democrat: Jim Farley, the New Deal and the Making of Modern American Politics.

University of Michigan Press, 2006.

Shawhan, Dorothy S. and Martha H. Swain


Lucy Somerville Howorth: New Deal Lawyer, Politician, and Feminist from the South

Louisiana State University Press, 2006

Shlaes, Amity

The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression.

Harper Collins, 2007.

Shogan, Robert


Backlash: The Killing of the New Deal

Ivan R. Dee, 2006

Smith, Jason Scott


Building New Deal Liberalism: The Political Economy of Public Works, 1933-1956

Cambridge University Press, 2006

Spirn, Anne Whiston


Daring to Look:  Dorothea Lange's Photographs and Reports from the Field

University of Chicago Press, 2008

Sternsher, Bernard

Hope Restored: How the New Deal Worked in Town and Country.

Ivan R. Dee, 1999.

Taylor, David

Soul of a People: The WPA Writer's Project Uncovers Depression America.

Wiley, 2009.

Taylor, Nick 

American-Made: The Enduring Legacy of the WPA: When FDR Put the Nation to Work.

Bantam Books, 2008.

Thomas, Bernice

The Stamp of FDR: New Deal Post Offices in the Mid-HudsonValley.       

Purple Mountain Press, 2002.

Venn, Fiona

The New Deal. 

Fitzroy Dearborn, 1998.

Vittoz, Stanley  

New Deal Labor Policy and the American Industrial Economy.

University of North Carolina Press, 1987.

Wall, Wendy L.

Inventing the “American Way”: The Politics of Consensus from the New Deal to the Civil Rights Movement.

Oxford University Press, 2008.

Ware, Susan

Beyond Suffrage, Women in the New Deal. 

Harvard University Press, 1981.

White, G. Edward

The Constitution and the New Deal.

Harvard University Press, 2000.

Willard, Pat

America Eats!: On the Road with the WPA.

Bloomsbury, 2008.