Thursday, March 7, 2013

"I Want You to Write to Me"

First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Read a biography here.

Read First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt's column in Women's Home Companion asking readers to write to her to tell her their problems. What does this request suggest about the kind of problems people faced during the Great Depression? How is the relationship between the federal government and American citizens changing during this period?

Monday, March 4, 2013


Warren G. Harding, recording a speech. Photo: The Miller Center, University of Virginia

Senator Warren G. Harding of Ohio gave a speech in January, 1920 in which he discussed the idea of "Americanism."* According to Harding, what does "Americanism" mean? In what ways is this definition similar to or different from how you might define "Americanism" today?

* Go to the StudySpace section of the Give Me Liberty! website for a downloadable version of Harding's speech, as well as a transcript. The Harding speech is under the "Audio 2" tab.