Impact of the New Deal on Iowa. Changing the Culture of a Rural State

Author: Narber, Gregg R.
Year:2008
Pages:388
ISBN:0-7734-4949-3
978-0-7734-4949-7
Price:239.95
Examines the influence of a broad range of New Deal programs on Iowa from the perspective of programmatic alteration of culture. This book contains twenty-eight black and white photographs and twelve color photographs.

Reviews

“. . . we think of the New Deal as a collection of alphabet agencies. Gregg Narber’s book reminds us in the most forceful fashion that the New Deal had a strong visual component. It was splashes of color on post office walls, families visiting new regional arts centers, new trails and parks for hiking and picnics. We need to remember these dimensions of the New Deal in the state of Iowa and their lasting influence.” – Prof. Malcom Rohrbough, University of Iowa

“. . . few historians have written comprehensive accounts of this revolutionary social program on an individual state. . . . Readers will be especially pleased to discover the valuable insights offered on community arts programs throughout Iowa. After almost eighty years, those of us who live in Iowa are still enjoying the fruits of the New Deal and Dr. Narber’s book is a superb guide for all of us interested in this fascinating topic.” - Prof. Philip Freeman, Luther College

Table of Contents

List of Tables, Charts, and Illustrations
Foreword by Dr. Malcolm J. Rohrbough
Acknowledgements
Introduction
1. Creating a New Self-Image for Rural America: The Federal Writers’ Project in Iowa
2. Bringing High Culture to Rural America – Part I: Placing Art by Relief Workers in Iowa
3. Bringing High Culture to Rural America – Part II: Using Relief Programs to Bring the Experience of art Making to Iowa
4. Bringing High Culture to Rural America – Part III: Using Federal Patronage to Place Art in Iowa
5. Creating a Modern Infrastructure for Rural America—Part I: The New Deal and Iowa’s Built Environment
6. Creating a Modern Infrastructure for Rural America—Part II: Creation and Improvement of Iowa Parks Under the New Deal
7. Creating a Modern Infrastructure for Rural America—Part III: New Ways for Rural Americans to Live in a Modern Iowa – Iowa’s New Deal Subsistence Homestead Project
Conclusion
Appendices
Bibliography
Index