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        Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? and The Forgotten Man

        This enhanced video resource takes a look at the Great Depression, focusing on Yip Harburg’s song "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?" and President Roosevelt’s famous "Forgotten Man" speech. The video segment provides background and context for the song, while the background essay examines specific elements of Roosevelt’s speech, focusing on his consistent allusion to and use of war metaphors. Ultimately, the resource helps connect the song to the speech, demonstrating the negative sentiment to President Hoover and the United States’ need for change following the devastation of the Great Depression.

         

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