Gray Brechin, the Project Scholar at the Living New Deal Project at UC-Berkeley, will be giving at talk entitled “Excavating the New Deal in Southern California“ at the Long Beach Historical Society at 3:00 PM, July 23, 2011. From the description of the talk:
The powerful earthquake that emanated from Long Beach six days after President Franklin Roosevelt’s inauguration in 1933 coincided with the kickoff of New Deal programs to lift the U.S. out of the Great Depression. A plethora of public works agencies soon put legions of the unemployed to work rebuilding and embellishing the wrecked schools of Long Beach and beyond. They did far more than that, however, in a spasm of public building that left an indelible mark on Southern California and improved the lives of generations. Dr. Gray Brechin will show what lessons those public works have for us today if we would only see and understand them.
Long Beach Historical Society
3:00 PM, July 23, 2011
4260 Atlantic Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90807