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

Overview

Fourteen writings by historians that show how, even though the New Deal's initiatives did not always work, FDR's program was a psychological and political success because it restored hope to a nation battered by the Great Depression. Mr. Sternsher's focus is not on Washington, D.C., but on what was happening at the local level across a vast and diverse nation.

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Overview

Fourteen writings by historians that show how, even though the New Deal's initiatives did not always work, FDR's program was a psychological and political success because it restored hope to a nation battered by the Great Depression. Mr. Sternsher's focus is not on Washington, D.C., but on what was happening at the local level across a vast and diverse nation.

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Editorial Reviews

Choice
An excellent book.
— P. D. Travis, Texas Women's University
CHOICE
An excellent book.
— P. D. Travis
The Midwest Book Review
There have been other surveys of American 'New Deal' history, but Hope Restored...gives greater insight.
The Midwest Book Review
"There have been other surveys of American "New Deal" history, but Hope Restored...gives greater insight."
The Annals of Iowa
"These local histories add depth and nuance to evaluations of the New Deal."
Rapport
"This is an excellent book...well worth reading."
Library Journal
Editor Sternsher (history, emeritus, Bowling Green State Univ.) has collected 14 articles from local, state, and regional historical journals designed to illuminate the implementation and impact of New Deal programs at the local level. The articles examine Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal from the perspective of different localities ranging from rural farming communities to large metropolitan areas. As is perhaps to be expected in a collection this diverse, the quality of the selections varies considerably. Among the more thought-provoking are Garry Boulard's study of Key West, Roger Biles's essay on Memphis, and Jarold Simmons's discussion of Dawson County, NE. The addition of a concluding comparative analysis of the articles and localities would have improved the book considerably. Nonetheless, this will provide undergraduate history students with an appreciation of the range of reactions to the vast array of new federal programs created in the 1930s.--Thomas H. Ferrell, Univ. of Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette
Rapport
This is an excellent book...well worth reading.
The Annals Of Iowa
These local histories add depth and nuance to evaluations of the New Deal.
Midwest Book Review
There have been other surveys of American 'New Deal' history, but Hope Restored...gives greater insight.
CHOICE - P. D. Travis
An excellent book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780929587844
  • Publisher: Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
  • Publication date: 3/28/1999
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.92 (w) x 8.72 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Meet the Author

Bernard Sternsher is Distinguished University Professor of History at Bowling Green State University; among his many books are the award-winning Rexford Tugwell and the New Deal and Hitting Home: The Great Depression in Town and Country. Judith Sealander is Professor of History at Wright State University and author of As Minority Becomes Majority.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1. Atlanta, Georgia 7
The New Deal in Atlanta: A Review of the Major Programs
2. Mobile County, Alabama 32
The Civilian Conservation Corps in Mobile County, Alabama
3. Pocatello, Idaho 41
The New Deal in Pocatello
4. Providence, Rhode Island 57
Impoverished Politics: The New Deal's Impact on City Government in Providence, Rhode Island
5. Flint, Michigan 74
Flint and the Great Depression
6. Grand Forks County, North Dakota 85
The Civil Works Administration in Grand Forks County, North Dakota
7. Tampa, Florida 99
The PWA in Tampa: A Case Study
8. Key West, Florida 115
"State of Emergency": Key West in the Great Depression
9. Memphis, Tennessee 131
The Persistence of the Past: Memphis in the Great Depression
10. Minneapolis, Minnesota 161
Politics and Relief in Minneapolis During the 1930s
11. Houston, Texas 182
"Heavenly Houston" or "Hellish Houston"? Black Unemployment and Relief Efforts, 1929-1936
12. Hermosa Beach, California 196
"The N.Y.A. at the Sea-Side": A New Deal Episode
13. Hillsborough County, Florida 207
Stitching and Striking: WPA Sewing Rooms and the 1937 Relief Strike in Hillsborough County
14. Dawson County, Nebraska 221
Dawson County Responds to the New Deal, 1933-1940
Selected Bibliography 243
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