Document Type

Book Review


Teaching the New Deal: 1932-1941 is a text of crucial and timely importance for students and teachers of middle and high school social studies. Through the lenses of four major themes, authors demonstrate inquiry-based pedagogy to intentionally provoke students to consider non-binary conclusions that closely examine the purported heroes, villains, and martyrs of traditional historical narratives. Rather than presenting a factual or ideological approach to teaching disciplinary standards, this text depicts the New Deal Era as a period in history that can be used to critically and creatively discuss the politics of personal identity and to explore the legacies of slavery, racism, heteronormativity, and white supremacy still present in U.S. culture today. Ideas and teaching methods engage students in social, economic, and political discussions that rethink capitalism and the New Deal Era, and precise lesson plans guide teachers in developing the dispositions and resources necessary for culturally responsive instructional practices.