Back to the Land
Arthurdale, FDR's New Deal, and the Costs of Economic Planning
by C. J Maloney
How New Deal economic policies played out in the small town of Arthurdale, West Virginia
Today, the U.S. government is again moving to embrace New Deal-like economic policies. While much has been written about the New Deal from a macro perspective, little has been written about how New Deal programs played out on the ground.
In Back to the Land, author CJ Maloney tells the true story of Arthurdale, West Virginia, a town created as a "pet project" of the Roosevelts. Designed to be (in the words of Eleanor Roosevelt) "a human experiment station", she was to create a "New American" citizen who would embrace a collectivist form of life. This book tells the story of what happened to the people resettled in Arthurdale and how the policies implemented there shaped America as we know it. Arthurdale was the foundation upon which modern America was built.
- Details economic history at the micro level, revealing the true effects of New Deal economic policies on everyday life
- Addresses the pros and cons of federal government economic policies
- Describes how good intentions and grand ideas can result in disastrous consequences, not only in purely materialistic terms but, most important, in respect for the rule of law
Back to the Land is a valuable addition to economic and historical literature.
- Wiley, February 2011
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