FSA (Farm Security Administration) client with mules, near Morganza, Louisiana
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, DC 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print
New Deal Programs – Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?
As you’ve read in Chapter 21 in your text, the New Deal programs and agencies, created under the leadership of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, had a powerful impact on the relationship of government to the people of the United States.
You’ve encountered an ‘alphabet soup’ of programs such as AAA (Agricultural Adjustment Administration), NRA (National Recovery Administration), CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps), PWA (Public Works Administration), CWA (Civil Works Administration), and TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority) but this assignment give you a chance to explore the impact of the New Deal.
Through this assignment, you’ll examine primary sources, both photographs and life histories, to develop a sense of the profound impact the Great Depression had on real people’s lives.
PART 1: Photo Analysis
Part One Photo Analysis gives you a chance to critically view historical photographs from the Great Depression Era.
1. Examine Photographs from the Great Depression, selected from Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Black-and-White Negatives.
2. Select 1 photograph from each of the 5 categories (Refugees, Houses, Hooverville, Men’s dormitory, WPA)
3. Record your thoughts and observations using the Part 1 section of your Answer Sheet and respond to the questions describing the life circumstances portrayed in the photos to review the social conditions occurring during the Great Depression.
Click on the captions below to see the photographs and then click the ‘+ View Larger’ link below each picture.
PART 2: Oral History Analysis
Part 2 Oral History Analysis Analysis gives you an opportunity to read personal accounts from people that lived during the the Great Depression Era.
1. Select 1 Life History below selected from American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers’ Project, 1936-1940.
2. Analyze one (1) of the Life History that interests you using Part 2 section of your Answer Sheet and respond to the questions as a way to begin to understand the needs of real people which New Deal programs were designed to meet.
Things to consider before reading life histories. . .please be aware that:
Read about people who lived during the Great Depression by choosing from the life histories below. These life histories are from American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writer’s Project, 1936-1940 in the American Memory collections, the Library of Congress.
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