Thursday, March 14, 2013

New Deal

Artist Alfred Castagne sketching WPA construction workers. Photo from FDR Presidential Library and Museum.
Find something created by one of the New Deal programs discussed in class or the textbook and provide a brief explanation of the thing and its New Deal origins in the comments. Consider buildings, public works of art, urban infrastructure or something else that you encounter between now and the end of Spring Break (April 4). Let us know how you discovered your object and why it is an important part of the New Deal.

Provide links and citations for any sources you consult in your research, and use only your own words. Keep an eye on the comments and avoid repeating an entry that someone else has already posted.

Have fun and enjoy the break!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Fireside Chat

A family listening to the radio. Source: Michigan Historical Museum

Listen to President Roosevelt's first "Fireside Chat" (Fireside Chat on Banking, March 12, 1933). What is President Roosevelt asking Americans to do to stop the Great Depression? How does this demonstrate a change in the federal government's approach to the Depression?