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Presentation: How the Great Depression and the New Deal Affected Everyday Lives and its Relevance to Today

  • Reeve History and Cultural Resource Center 314 Mountain Avenue Westfield, NJ, 07090 United States (map)

George Melloan, author of the new book “When the New Deal Came to Town, a Snapshot of a Place and Time With Lessons for Today,” will conduct a Sunday Afternoon Presentation about the history of the New Deal and the Great Depression. The talk will take place on Sunday, January 22nd at 2:30 PM at the Reeve House in Westfield, New Jersey. Mr. Melloan’s new book details how the federal policy errors of first the Republicans and then the Democrats prolonged the Great Depression and how the people of a small farm village in Indiana coped with the resulting hard times.

During his 64-year at The Wall Street Journal, Mr. Melloan was a reporter in Chicago and Detroit, manager of the Cleveland and Atlanta news bureaus, a page one editor in New York, and a foreign correspondent based in London. Among other news events of the late 1960s, he covered the Six-Day war in Israel, the Biafran war in Nigeria and the unsuccessful efforts at economic reform in the Soviet Union.

Mr. Melloan joined the Journal editorial page in 1970 and was made deputy editor in 1973. In 1987 he launched the Journal’s Business World column. In 1990 he moved to Brussels to oversee the European and Asian editorial pages, starting a new column, titled Global View. Returning to New York in late 1994, he added coverage of the Americas to his international responsibilities. He retired in 2006, but has continued to contribute op-eds and book reviews to the Journal.

Mr. Melloan is a member of the New York Council on Foreign Relations and the Dutch Treat Club in New York. He was winner of the Gerald Loeb award for distinguished business and financial journalism in 1981, the Daily Gleaner award of the Inter American Press Association twice in the 1980s for his writings about Soviet inroads in Latin America, and the American Spectator’s Barbara Olson award for excellence and independence in journalism in 2006.  His home is in Westfield, N.J.

To attend the event kindly can make a reservation by calling 908-654-1794 or via email at There is a suggested donation of $5 to help offset costs and to support the Society. Sunday, January 29th 2017, is the alternate date in case of inclement weather. There will be a notice on the website and on the voicemail.