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Henry Alsberg: The Driving Force of the New Deal Federal Writers' Project - Susan Rubenstein Demasi
Henry Alsberg: The Driving Force of the New Deal Federal Writers' Project
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During the Great Depression, Henry Alsberg, a journalist with a passion for social justice, directed the Federal Writers’ Project, a New Deal program of the Works Progress Administration. Under his guidance, thousands of unemployed writers were hired. Despite attacks from the House Committee on... show more
During the Great Depression, Henry Alsberg, a journalist with a passion for social justice, directed the Federal Writers’ Project, a New Deal program of the Works Progress Administration. Under his guidance, thousands of unemployed writers were hired. Despite attacks from the House Committee on Un-American Activities, the Project produced more than 1,000 publications from 1935 to 1939, including the still highly acclaimed American Guide series. Some writers, such as Richard Wright, went on to storied careers. Alsberg led the Project’s collection of more than 10,000 oral histories from ex-slaves, immigrants and others.

Alsberg was also a leader in the struggle to save Jewish pogrom survivors in Eastern Europe. Later, he initiated the first major effort to assist international political prisoners. His friends included anarchist revolutionary Emma Goldman and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter. This book brings Alsberg to light as an important but forgotten figure of the 20th century.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780786495351 (0786495359)
Publisher: McFarland
Pages no: 296
Edition language: English
Category:
Biography, History
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3.0 My fifty-first podcast is up!
My latest podcast is up on the New Books Network website! In it, I interview Susan DeMasi about her biography of journalist and political activist Henry G. Alsberg. Enjoy!
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