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History Research Guide: The New Deal

This guide will point students to print and online sources which are useful when researching historical topics.

The New Deal - Background Sources and Getting Started

If you just want some basic information on the New Deal, what it was, when it happened, etc., start here.

Print Sources (located on main floor of library):

Encyclopedia of American History - REF E174 E53 2003

Guide to the Presidency and the Executive Branch - REF JK 516 C57 2013 v.1

New York Times on the Presidency (specifically chapters on Hoover and FDR) - REF JK554 B67 2009

Electronic Sources (click link to access):

The New Deal - FDR and supporters

Sources relating to the President and those who backed Roosevelt's plans.

Print Sources:

America 1933 : the Great Depression, Lorena Hickok, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the shaping of the New Deal - PN 4874 H477 G65 2013

New Deal: A 75th Anniversary Celebration -  E 806 F58 2009

Nothing to Fear: FDR's Inner Circle and the Hundred Days that Created Modern America - E 806 C5925 2009

The Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt - E 806 M46 2000

Electronic Sources:

The New Deal - Opposition

Roosevelt's opposition: some conservative, some not, who felt the New Deal was either way too much or not nearly enough.

Print Sources:

Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression - E 806 S52 2007 

Voices of Protest: Huey Long, Father Coughlin, and the Great Depression - E 806 B75 1982

Who cares? : public ambivalence and government activism from the New Deal to the second gilded age (see chapter on New Deal Dissent) - HC 106 N64 2010 

Electronic Sources:

Primary Sources

Print Sources:

The Depression and New Deal: A history in documents - E 806 M43 1999

Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression - E 806 T45 1986

Electronic Sources:

The New Deal - Social Aspects

How did the New Deal change society? What did it mean for the average American in the 1930s?

Print Sources:

Beyond Suffrage: Women in the New Deal -  HQ 1236 W37 1981

Daily Life in the United States, 1920-40 - E 169 K985 2004

The hungry years : a narrative history of the Great Depression in America - E 806 W35 1999

Electronic Sources:

The New Deal - Economic Aspects

Was the New Deal based on sound economic principles or not? Did it have an effect on the Depression-positive or negative?

Print Sources:

Rethinking the Great Depression - HB 3717 1929 S55 2002

Economic Sources:

The New Deal - Political Aspects

How was the New Deal enacted? How was it supported or challenged? What coalitions existed both favoring and opposing the plan and how well did they work together?

Print Sources:

Reference:

A history of the U.S. political system : ideas, interests, and institutions - REF JK 31 H57 2010 v. 1-3 (v.3 in particular for the New Deal)

Circulating:

The New Deal: A Modern History - E 806 H557 2011

The New Dealers: Power Politics in the age of Roosevelt - E 806 S358 1993

Supreme Power: Franklin Roosevelt vs. The Supreme Court - KF 8742 S495 2010

Electronic Sources:

New Deal - Cultural Aspects

Print Sources:

Furious improvisation : how the WPA and a cast of thousands made high art out of desperate times - PN 2270 F43 Q56 2009

Electronic Sources:

Online Catalog and Searching Tips

The library's online catalog defaults to a keyword search, but sometimes you can get more accurate results searching by subject heading. Listed below are a few useful subject headings to find books, ebooks, DVDs, and streaming media in the catalog. You can choose a subject search from the drop down menu under the search strip on the catalog. I've also placed a link to the catalog below.

Subjects Headings:

Depressions -- 1929 -- United States.
New Deal, 1933-1939.
Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945 -- Political and social views.
Roosevelt, Franklin D.
United States -- Economic policy -- 1933-1945.
United States -- History -- 1933-1945.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1933-1945.
United States -- Social conditions -- 1933-1945.

Catalog Link:

History Databases

If you're looking for academic articles related to history, the following databases are best to search. Remember to search by keyword instead of full sentences, and it's often best to combine keywords with the term "and" (ie WPA and theater). Also remember to select "full-text" when you search in these databases to get to a full article.

Subject Guide

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