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American Eras Project Resources

The Great Depression and the New Deal




Topics to Explore:

The Great Depression from Digital History

Teenage hobos riding the rails

Works Progress Administration (WPA) and WPA Art Project

Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)

The New Deal and Alphabet Soup

The Social Security Act

The Stock Market Crash,1929 also here


Little Orphan Annie (Wiki)

Golden Age of Radio

Use of Penicillin

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (Wiki)

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (Wiki)

Hollywood and The Great Depression

Shirley Temple

Amelia Earhart

The Dust Bowl and here

The War of the Worlds Hoax

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt

Governor Huey Long (Wiki)

Babe Didrikson

Walter Winchell and here

Jackson Pollock

The Chrysler Building

The Empire State Building

Dick and Jane Books

The Negro League Professional Baseball

Joe DiMaggio

Duke Ellington and Swing Music

Harry L. Hopkins

Carter Glass

Amos N Andy

The Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping

Bonnie and Clyde



The Great Depression from the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site

American Experience: The Great Depression

American Cultural History: The 1930s

Photos and Other Images

America from the Great Depression to WWII from the Library of Congress. You will have to hunt and search but there are some great, unique photos in here.

Great Depression Online Art Gallery

New Deal Network Photo Library

Photos from the National Archives


Diaries, Journals, and First-Hand Accounts

Letters to Mrs. Roosevelt from Children

Editorial Cartoons about FDR



U.S. History Image Bank: 1930s


Music and Dance

The Lindy Hop

This Land is Your Land: Rural Music in the Depression

Voices from the Dustbowl

Big Band Music

Scanned and Transcribed Documents

The New Deal Network Document Library

Archives in the Attic






Surviving the Dustbowl Timeline

Food Prices in the 1930s


Fashion Throughout History

Food through the Decades