True tales of the United States in the time of the New Deal by me, Eric Rauchway. This is my job: I research, write, and talk about the history of the United States, mainly during the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Mr. Weaver Goes (Back) to Washington
The economist Robert Weaver criticizes the New Deal, and then joins it. With some discussion of the National Recovery Administration (NRA) and the relation of the New Deal to the South.
Music: “Hoist Up the John B Sail,” Theodore Rolle, WPA; “The More You Scratch,” Theodore Rolle, WPA; “Welfare Blues,” Calvin Frazier and Sampson Pittman, Lomax Recordings; “Turkey in the Straw,” Mrs. Ben Stott and Myrtle B. Wilkinson, WPA Recordings; “Year of Jubilee,” John Selleck, WPA Recordings; “Tell Me Why You Like Roosevelt (Weren’t No Kin),” Otis Jackson, sampled from YouTube.
Sounds: Street sounds, crickets, children laughing, slide whistles and pops, typewriter all freesound user craigsmith; slide whistle freesound user sheepfilms; cash register freesound user kiddpark; murmuring freesound user splicesound; C-SPAN gavel bang freesound user zerolagtime.
Voices: FDR fireside chat of May 7, 1933, and Detroit speech of October 2, 1932, from the Master Speech File of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library; Robert Weaver interview with Blackside, 1992, sampled from YouTube page of the Washington University archives.
Recommended reading: The Black Cabinet by Jill Watts.
Ernie Pyle and TVA
The reporter Ernie Pyle drives to the nearly finished Norris Dam in 1935, and writes about the Tennessee Valley Authority.
The Bonus Army
The arrival and eviction of the Bonus Expeditionary Force in Washington, DC, in 1932, and its return in 1933.
Professor Rauchway is a wonderful storyteller
It seems there may not be anymore New Deal Stories coming our way in this format and that's very unfortunate. Although I'm late to the party, I blew through all three episodes in a single sitting they were so compelling. Professor Rauchway has a gift for making this period accessible. I hope they'll be further episodes in the future but if not the three provided here are a gift.
The Most Pleasant Way To Learn History
To say that Dr Eric Rauchway is an expert on the New Deal is an understatement. He lives and breaths this subject. You too will drawn into this critically important period by listening to these stories.
The writing is excellent (of course all of us who have read his books have already known this) but the passion in his voice along with the well chosen soundtrack will make you subscribe and tell your friends about it.
I can strongly recommend “Winter War: Hoover, Roosevelt, and the First Clash Over the New Deal” for further reading (Rauchway, Eric - Basic Books 2018).
Subscribed immediately. Professor Rauchway is a great historian and storyteller. Looking forward to more New Deal stories.