The Diary of Rexford G. Tugwell: The New Deal, 1932-1935

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Preface

It has been almost twenty years since I began working on Rexford G. Tugwell. Approximately 4 years ago, I thought a major landmark had been reached with the publication of Rexford G. Tugwell: A Biography ( New York: Praeger Publishers, 1988). Yet, it wasn't enough. Even before the biography was released, I started working on editing the massive diary he had kept throughout his long life. Now, the diary is ready to be published and I can't say definitely that my work on Tugwell is over. It is for now or at least until another idea develops and my pursuit begins again.

To edit a diary such as this is a major undertaking. It is also one that can be completed only with the help of many individuals. Now is the time to thank those people who so patiently worked with me over these last 4 years. Grateful acknowledgment is given to David Whitten who encouraged me at those critical moments when completing a book seems almost impossible and who consistently talked about when the diary would be published instead of if it would.

Special thanks are also expressed to Dr. William Emerson and his staff (especially Ms. Elizabeth Denier and Mr. Paul McLaughlin) at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library in Hyde Park, New York. As usual, their kindness and professionalism went a long way in making this undertaking a pleasant experience. Acknowledgment is also made to the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute and the Liberal Arts Faculty Development Committee at the University of Mississippi for providing the financial support needed for this project.

Once the diary was identified, verified, and re-examined, support staff became indispensable. Dr. Robert Haws, chairman of the

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The Diary of Rexford G. Tugwell: The New Deal, 1932-1935
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Recent Titles in Contributions in Economics and Economic History ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Copyright Acknowledgments v
  • Contents vii
  • Foreword ix
  • Preface xi
  • Rexford G. Tugwell: A Brief Sketch 1
  • Rexford G. Tugwell Diary: An Explanation 13
  • 1932 21
  • 1933 47
  • 1934 93
  • 1935 181
  • REVISED DIARY 285
  • Introduction 287
  • The Hundred Days 332
  • Addendum to the Diary for the Hundred Days 357
  • Monetary Preliminaries 367
  • The World Economic Conference 373
  • Intimations of the Civilian Conservation Corps 387
  • June 1933 to March 1934 391
  • Glossary 489
  • Bibliography 513
  • Index 517
  • About the Editor 527
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