This book examines the many ways in which the New Deal revived Texas’s economic structure after the 1929 collapse. Ronald Goodwin analyzes how Franklin Roosevelt’s initiative, and in particular, the Work Progress Administration, remedied rampant unemployment and homelessness in twentieth-century Texas.
Ron Goodwin is associate professor at Prairie View A&M University.
Chapter 1: From Normalcy to New Deal
Chapter 2: Survival in the Midst of Chaos and Devastation: Texas and the Great Depression
Chapter 3: Control after Dark: Slave Owners and Their Control of Slaves’ Intimate Relationships or Who’s Your Daddy?
Chapter 4: I, Too, Sing ‘Texas Our Texas’: Texas African Americans and the New Deal Chapter 5: Tell Me a Story Chapter 6: the Folklore of the Displaced
Chapter 7: The Guide Series, Pt. 1: State and Local Guides and the Preservation of History
Chapter 8: The Guide Series, Pt. 2: Automobile and Military Guides: Snapshots in Time Chapter 9: HRS Activities: The Facts, Just the Facts
Chapter 10: the Consequences of the New Deal
Chapter 11: Texas Slave Narratives
This volume adds much to our knowledge of the WPA’s efforts in Texas and of the greater New Deal determination to guide the Lone Star State out of the grips of the Great Depression, while, as Goodwin reminds us, documenting Texas culture and preserving its history along the way.