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TALK/TOUR: Gray Brechin Presents the Living New Deal Project: Talk and Bus Tour in San Francisco (July 28 and 29)

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As part of Laborfest, the massive, month-long program of events that includes a film festival, tours, lectures and discussions in the Bay Area, historian and author Gray Brechin, author of Imperial San Francisco and principle investigator on The Living New Deal Project, will be leading a discussion and a tour toward the end of July. Reservations are recommended.

July 28 at 3:00 pm: “The Living New Deal: Excavating the Public Landscape of the Great Depression”

In less than a decade, President Franklin Roosevelt’s various public works agencies radically transformed the United States, giving employment to and improving the lives of millions while setting the stage for the post-war economic boom. For the past quarter century, however, the New Deal’s ideological enemies have systematically rolled back and erased the memory of its epochal accomplishments without understanding how it profited them and continues to do so. Dr. Gray Brechin will discuss the Living New Deal Project – a statewide collaborative effort to document and map the physical legacy of the New Deal in California and to honor the surviving veterans. The Project will provide the foundation for a national inventory and for a discussion of the role of the public sector in a just society.

ILWU Local 6 Hall 255 9th St. near Howard, SF

July 29 at 10:00 am: WPA-PWA Bus Tour with Gray Brechin and Harvey Smith

Join Gray Brechin and Harvey Smith as they travel through history on a bus tour of historic sites built by unionized labor. You will learn about the major contribution workers made during the depression era of the New Deal program. They will discuss about 75 years of WPA.

Aquatic Park Next to Ghiradelli Square, SF

Co-sponsored by UTU Local 1741
Meet at the bottom corner of Aquatic Park Hyde & Jefferson

Reservation required: call (415) 642-8066

or by e-mail:

Make reservation, then send $15 check to:

LaborFest, P.O. Box 40983, SF, CA 94140

(Sandwiches and drinks will be available on the bus.) Bus will be back at Hyde & Jefferson

Tour lasts about 5 hours


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