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        Library of Congress: Media Gallery | The New Deal

        In July of 1932, in the midst of the greatest economic crisis in United States history, Franklin D. Roosevelt accepted the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, promising “a new deal for the American people.” That promise became a series of relief, recovery, and reform programs designed to provide assistance to the unemployed and poor, revive the economy, and change the financial system to prevent another depression. This set of primary resources from the Library of Congress containing images and documents provides a window into this time period, as well as a Teacher's Guide with historical context and teaching suggestions.

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        Grand Canyon National Park, a Free Government Service

        This poster was created by participants in the WPA Federal Arts Program to encourage citizens to visit the Grand Canyon National Park.

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        Workers Service Program: Rockford, Illinois

        This poster was created to encourage participation in the Workers Service Program in Illinois.

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        Tennessee Valley Area: Pictorial Map

        This map shows the areas that will have dams as a result of the Tennessee Valley project. The map was used as part of an investigation of the project.

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        Relief Client Near Oil City, Oklahoma

        This image depicts a relief client near Oil City, Oklahoma. Oil City is a source of heavy immigration to California.

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        Rehabilitation Client Repays Loan

        This is an image of a farmer repaying a loan to the federal government after sale of the harvest.

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        PWA Housing Projects for Negroes: Omaha, Nebraska

        This primary source is part of a collection of photographs taken by WPA staff documenting life in Omaha, Nebraska.

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        Mount McKinley Headquarters: Superintendent's Residence, Cantwell (Denali Borough, Alaska)

        This image is from the Historic American Building Survey program documenting the Superintendent's Residence as an example of a building created by participants in the Civilian Conservation Corps.

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        Home in the Government Camp

        The Charles L. Todd and Robert Sonkin Migrant Worker Collection is an online presentation of a multi-format ethnographic field collection. It documents the everyday life of residents of Farm Security Administration (FSA) migrant work camps in central California in 1940 and 1941.

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        "Help Yourself": A 3-Act Comedy

        This is a poster for a Federal Theatre Project presentation of "Help Yourself" at the Plaza Theatre at South Palm Canyon Drive.

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        Bill Branch

        This is a life story compiled and transcribed by the staff of the Folklore Project of the Federal Writers' Project for the U.S. Works Progress Administration (later the Works Projects Administration, or the WPA) from 1936-1940.

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        Fort Loudon Dam, Tennessee

        Above the construction work, the aggregate storage pile provides crushed stone and sand, Fort Loudon Dam, Tennessee.

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        Don't Mix 'Em

        This poster was created by participants in the WPA Federal Arts Program to discourage drinking and driving.

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        CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) Workers: Prince George's County, Maryland

        This image is of workers on a project in Beltsville, Maryland.

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        Better Housing: The Solution to Infant Mortality in the Slums

        This poster promoting better housing as a solution for high rates of infant mortality in the slums shows a blueprint of new housing next to existing tenement buildings over which stands the figure of Death.

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        Teacher's Guide: The New Deal

        Teacher's guide to primary resource set, The New Deal.

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        “Pluto.” Life history 1938

        This is a life story compiled and transcribed by the staff of the Folklore Project of the Federal Writers' Project for the U.S. Works Progress Administration (later the Works Projects Administration, or the WPA) from 1936-1940.

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        Instructions to WPA Staff

        This is a life story compiled and transcribed by the staff of the Folklore Project of the Federal Writers' Project for the U.S. Works Progress Administration (later the Works Projects Administration, or the WPA) from 1936-1940.

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        “Afternoon in a Pushcart Peddlers’ Colony.”

        This is a life story compiled and transcribed by the staff of the Folklore Project of the Federal Writers' Project for the U.S. Works Progress Administration (later the Works Projects Administration, or the WPA) from 1936-1940.

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