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A Brooklyn Rabbi Supports the New Deal

In September 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt sent a letter to clergyman across the United States, asking them whether conditions in their communities had improved since the start of the New Deal. He was particularly interested in people's [...]

Migratory Mexican field worker's home on the edge of a frozen pea field. Imperial Valley, California.

During the Great Depression, migrant farmworkers from Oklahoma, Texas, Arizona, and Mexico poured into California's rich, agricultural valleys in search of jobs. They worked long hours, were paid only a pittance, and lived in squalid conditions [...]

Analysis Worksheet: "Migratory Mexican Field Worker's Home"

This worksheet helps students to analyze a photograph taken by Dorothea Lange in 1937 for the federal government's Farm Security Administration.

Analysis Worksheet: “I’m Proud...My Husband Wants Me to Do My Part”

This worksheet helps students analyze a poster created by the U.S. government during World War II that encourages women to take factory jobs.

By the Numbers: White and African-American Women Workers

This worksheet helps students analyze statistics about the labor force participation of white and African-American women in the decades before, during, and after WWII.

FDR's Tree Army: The Civilian Conservation Corps

This short documentary overviews the Civilian Conservation Corps, the New Deal's first relief program. It focuses on the experiences, both positive and negative, of the nearly 3,000,000 "soil soldiers" who labored in CCC camps.

Childhood Lost: An Overview of the Great Depression

The Great Depression cut childhoods short as poverty and unemployment soared. Young people struggled to stay healthy. Millions moved--sometimes with their families, sometimes on their own--in search of jobs. Many found relief in New Deal programs [...]

Background Essay on the March on Washington Movement

This essay describes the history of the March on Washington Movement, from its beginnings in 1941 to the famous 1963 March.

The Movement Before the Movement Graphic Organizer

This graphic organizer helps students categorize different events in the 1940s civil rights struggle. It is part of the activity "The Movement Before the Movement."

The Movement Before the Movement cards

These cards are for the activity "The Movement Before the Movement: Civil Rights Activism in the 1940s." Before beginning the activity, the teacher should print and cut out a set of event cards and who-what-where cards for each student or group [...]

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