The Living New Deal

Migrant family from Missouri on U.S. Highway 99 near Tracy, Calif., 1937. (Dorothea Lange, U.S. Farm Security Administration)

Remember the migrant labor camp in Thornton, California? Gail Erwin posted an entry about it last week on the Museum's blog. That camp is only one of many reminders that the U.S. government sponsored an array of projects—only . . . → Read More: The Living New Deal

Weedpatch in San Joaquin County

Remember "Weedpatch," the government camp that provided refuge to the Joad family in John Steinbeck's 1939 novel, The Grapes of Wrath? Did you know that the remains of one of those government camps still exist in San Joaquin County?

Migrant farm worker building, Thornton, Calif.

The 1930s will always be remembered as a time of economic difficulties . . . → Read More: Weedpatch in San Joaquin County

New Deal Cathedrals

One of the best books I’ve read in recent months is the Gothic Enterprise, by Robert A. Scott (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003). The Gothic Enterprise views Europe’s great cathedrals of the High Middle Ages as windows into the Medieval mind, as embodiments of the human spirit that reveal more about society, economics, politics, . . . → Read More: New Deal Cathedrals