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Hope restored : how the New Deal worked in town and country
Sternsher, Bernard, 1925-
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Chicago : Ivan R. Dee, [1999]

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247 pages ; 23 cm
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Bernard Sternsher has assembled 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.

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Library Journal Review

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.√ĄThomas H. Ferrell, Univ. of Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Hope Restored reacquaints the reader with the Great Depression and New Deal in an interesting and creative way. New Deal specialist Sternsher (emeritus, Bowling Green State Univ.) has authored or edited several works including Rexford Tugwell and the New Deal (1964), Consensus, Conflict, and American Historians (CH, Jul'75), The New Deal: Laissez Faire to Socialism (1979), and The Negro in Depression and War (CH, Jun'70). In this new volume he selects 14 historians to compile people's perceptions of the success or failure of the New Deal in locales across the country, Georgia to California, ". . . by utilizing the virtues of local history. . . . " It works. For example, Randy J. Sparks's contribution, "Heavenly Houston or Hellish Houston," reminds readers that the New Deal did not benefit all. In this selection journalist Lorena Hickok perceives the hardships faced by African Americans in the early '30s, writing ". . . Texas is a Godawful mess . . . relief in Houston is just a joke." People wanted so little--just a chance--and for some FDR and the New Deal offered hope. This is an excellent book for students of the era and for general readers interested in the Depression years. Selected bibliography. Public and academic library collections. P. D. Travis; Texas Woman's University

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
1. Atlanta, Georgiap. 7
The New Deal in Atlanta: A Review of the Major ProgramsDouglas L. Fleming
2. Mobile County, Alabamap. 32
The Civilian Conservation Corps in Mobile County, AlabamaBilly G. Hinson
3. Pocatello, Idahop. 41
The New Deal in PocatelloMerwin R. Swanson
4. Providence, Rhode Islandp. 57
Impoverished Politics: The New Deal's Impact on City Government in Providence, Rhode IslandDavid L. Davies
5. Flint, Michiganp. 74
Flint and the Great DepressionWilliam H. Chafe
6. Grand Forks County, North Dakotap. 85
The Civil Works Administration in Grand Forks County, North DakotaRoger D. Hardaway
7. Tampa, Floridap. 99
The PWA in Tampa: A Case StudyCharles B. Lowry
8. Key West, Floridap. 115
"State of Emergency": Key West in the Great DepressionGarry Boulard
9. Memphis, Tennesseep. 131
The Persistence of the Past: Memphis in the Great DepressionRoger Biles
10. Minneapolis, Minnesotap. 161
Politics and Relief in Minneapolis During the 1930sRaymond L. Koch
11. Houston, Texasp. 182
"Heavenly Houston" or "Hellish Houston"? Black Unemployment and Relief Efforts, 1929-1936Randy J. Sparks
12. Hermosa Beach, Californiap. 196
"The N.Y.A. at the Sea-Side": A New Deal EpisodeJohn A. Salmond
13. Hillsborough County, Floridap. 207
Stitching and Striking: WPA Sewing Rooms and the 1937 Relief Strike in Hillsborough CountyJames Francis Tidd, Jr.
14. Dawson County, Nebraskap. 221
Dawson County Responds to the New Deal, 1933-1940Jerold Simmons
Selected Bibliographyp. 243