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Gray Brechin, The Living New Deal

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 6:30 PM
| Open to the Public | The Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street | $15 per person | Advance registration required

The New Deal promised to lift Americans out of the Great Depression through an expansive federal public works program that offered a grand vision of what government could be. Recent scholarship offers new considerations of this period and illuminates New York City’s pivotal role. Explore the city's dramatic transformation during the New Deal with Gray Brechin, founder of The Living New Deal project, and 20th-century American historian Mason Williams. Following their presentations, Brechin and Williams will be joined by MCNY curator Sarah Seidman for a discussion. Reception and map signing to follow.

Dr. Gray Brechin is an award-winning writer and historical geographer whose book Imperial San Francisco: Urban Power, Earthly Ruin spent sixteen weeks on the San Francisco Chronicle’s bestseller list. He is the founder and Project Scholar of the Living New Deal and is proud to be working with a nationwide team of research associates directed by Professor Emeritus Richard Walker.

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This event is co-sponsored with the Museum of the City of New York.