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New Deal Network


Found in: social studies; 6-8; 9-12

New Deal Network houses print documents, photographs, cartoons, quiz, and lesson plans for middle school and high school students about the Depression and the New Deal, FDR’s political response to the Great Depression. New features are added periodically.

  • Classroom Lessons are grouped under five active headings. A sixth, Unions: Then and Now, is not currently active. The heading TVA: Electricity for All, includes the lesson: Political Cartoons and the TVA, in which students learn to analyze political cartoons, identify context aspects that hinder understanding, and get information they need to understand cartoons. The lesson proceeds in three sessions and includes five extension activities. The heading Dear Mrs. Roosevelt includes the lesson: Analyzing the Letters, in which students are asked eleven questions as a way to analyze letters written to or by Eleanor Roosevelt. Each question-element of the lesson is separate activity and can be taken up in any order.
  • Features includes The Great Depression and the Arts and The WPA Dolls of Milwaukee. The Great Depression and the Arts is a unit with teacher’s guide and four lessons for students in grades 8-12. In the lessons, students examine a film script about the Dust Bowl, assess migrant narratives, watch The Grapes of Wrath as a cultural document, and learn about the Federal Theatre Project. After reading its script, students can view the film The Plow that Broke the Plains. (25:23) The film could be used in an ecology unit as well. The WPA Dolls of Milwaukee employed women between 1936 and 1943, to make thousands of dolls. This information feature includes a catalog of many of the dolls made.
  • Documents A library of New Deal documents can be searched by subject, date, author, or publisher/collection. Click a heading to reveal an alphabetized list of subheadings.

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