The Living New Deal

During the Great Depression, President Franklin D. Roosevelt promised the American people a “New Deal”.  From 1933 to 1943 a constellation of federally sponsored programs put millions of jobless Americans back to work and helped revive the economy.  The result was a rich landscape of public works projects across the nation.  No city , town, or rural area was untouched.  Hundreds of thousands of roads, schools, theaters, libraries, hospitals, post offices, courthouses, airports, parks, forests, gardens, and artworks – created in only one decade by our parents and grandparents – are still in use today!

To keep the legacy alive, the is building a national database of thousands of documents, photographs, and personal stories about the New Deal public works.  One of the projects is to make all that was done visible through a mapping interface.  All is just a click away on their national map of New Deal public works sites.


The research arm of the Living New Deal is hosted by the Department of Geography at the University of California, Berkeley.  The public service branch of the Living New Deal is a California non-profit organization.  The Living New Deal is funded by a mix of public grants and private donations.

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