The New Deal, following the onset of the disastrous Great Depression, represented perhaps the most significant expansion of the federal government's role and responsibility in the twentieth century. It established a number of assumptions that still prevail in our nation's political life, now more than sixty-five years later. To evaluate the current state of New Deal scholarship, the Michigan Historical Review asked historians to list those books that they thought were the most significant in relating the history of that era. The following lists reflect their responses in three categories: the most important monographs, the best surveys, and those with the greatest appeal to the general public.
Among the monographs, Ellis Hawley's The New Deal and the Problem of Monopoly and Alan Brinkley's The End of Reform received the most votes. William Leuchtenburg and Robert McElvaine respectively headed the Survey and General categories.
Bernstein, Irving. Turbulent Years: A History of the American Worker, 1933-1941. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1969.
Bernstein, Michael. The Great Depression: Delayed Recovery and Economic Change in America, 1929-1939. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1987.
Biles, Roger. The South and the New Deal. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1994.
Brinkley, Alan. The End of Reform: New Deal Liberalism in Recession and War. New York: Knopf, 1995.
Brinkley, Alan. Voices of Protest: Huey Long, Father Coughlin, and the Great Depression. New York: Knopf, 1982.
Cohen, Lizabeth. Making a New Deal: Industrial Workers in Chicago, 1919-1939. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1990.
Dubofsky, Melvyn, ed. Women and Minorities during the Great Depression. New York: Garland, 1990.
Freidel, Frank. Franklin D. Roosevelt: Launching the New Deal. Boston: Little, Brown, 1973.
Gordon, Colin. New Deals: Business, Labor, and Politics in America, 1920-1935. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1994.
Hawley, Ellis. The New Deal and the Problem of Monopoly: A Study in Economic Ambivalence. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1966.
Karl, Barry. The Uneasy State: The United States from 1915 to 1945. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1983.
Leff, Mark. The Limits of Symbolic Reform: The New Deal and Taxation, 1933-1939. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1984.
Lowitt, Richard. The New Deal and the West. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1984.
Patterson, James. Congressional Conservatism and the New …