The Public Landscape of the New Deal

Phoebe Cutler

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September 10, 1986
182 pages, 7 x 10
ISBN: 9780300032567
Cloth

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"This delightfully readable book adds an important new dimension to the history of the twentieth century and that of land planning as an instrument of social policy at a pivotal period."—Barrie B. Greenbie

"Intelligent and enjoyable."—Newsday

"A fine book."—Geofrey Jellicoe, Journal of the Royal Society of Arts

"Phoebe Cutler's concise and informative book reminds us that the armies of workers that Roosevelt, in the spirit of conservative reform, sent forth throughout the land were exceptionally well directed, and that the quality of their work was remarkably high."—Orin Lehman, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians

"An outstanding exposition of a significant but unappreciated chapter of our nation's history. . . . This exemplary volume should serve as model and inspiration for a much-needed genre of thoroughly readable interpretive histories of the American cultural landscape."—David Larson, Landscape

"A valuable addition to our understanding of an important era, one that became a turning point for the profession of landscape architecture; it should be read by all persons with a concern for the American landscape."—Charles E. Aguar, Landscape Journal

"This . . . consistently excellent book reveals at the earliest opportunity exactly what it is all about:  In the history of the New Deal, 'Architecture has been slighted and landscape architecture other than town planning has been altogether ignored. This book will attempt to redress this oversight by demonstrating the pervasive and often powerful ways the Depression inscribed itself upon the landscape'."—Walter Creese, Winterthur Portfolio

"The first full-dress study of the programmatic reshaping of the natural environment during the Great Depression."—Karal Ann Marling, Technology and Culture

"Cutler finds the hopes and dreams of the New Deal planners exhilarating. . . . Cutler . . .  add[s] considerably to the historian's understanding of the development of landscape architecture and the land designer's role in fashioning the physical environment of the nation."—Jon C. Teaford, Reviews in American History

"A long overdue contribution to the cultural history of the depression era and to the study of landscape architecture in the United States."—Elizabeth Heekin Bartels, Journal of Urban Affairs

"[An] interesting and pioneering work."—Joseph L. Arnold, Journal of Interdisciplinary History

"This well-written book substantially explores the contributions of the landscape architects working in these agencies."—David C. Streatfield, Journal of Forest History