Life During The New Deal

By: Kaela Shafeek and William Bello

Roles that Women Played...

-Eleanor Roosevelt helped women and was important during her husband's presidency.

-Francis Perkins was the first woman to head an executive department.

-Many women became leaders in government agencies during the New Deal.

Roles of African Americans

-William Hastie was the first black federal judge in U.S. history.

-The black cabinet was a group of African Americans, which FDR appointment to key government positions. They were unofficial advisers to the president. Mary McLeod Bethune was the leader of the cabinet.

-New Deal programs didn't solve discrimination problems for the African Americans because FDR's officials opposed to the idea of helping them out. He feared that America would collapse if he went against the congress' wishes because they would reject every bill he'd try to pass, after helping the blacks.

Artists During This Time...

- Dorothea Lange was a photographer, who recorded the Great Depression, by taking pictures of unemployed people and rural poor.

-James Agee, a writer, worked along side Walker Evans, who photographed a group of families in Alabama, who struggled in the country.

-Compassionate and blinking imagery created a documentary of rural poverty and the great dignity of those who struggled against it.

Popularity of Movies During this Era...

-In the beginning, movies were enjoyed for a handful of pennies.

-Nearly 80 million of 127 million American attended a movie each weak.

-A few of the movies focused on the hardships of life during the depression, like The Grapes of Wrath.

-"I Am Fugitive from a Chained Gang" featured a jobless man who was lured into a life of crime.

-Make Way for Tomorrow was about the financial hardships of an older couple, since social security was not available.

-For the most part, films steered clear from the troubling reminders of life at this time. They were very stress-relieving.

Importance Of The Radio...

- Radio helped broaden the appeal of jazz, and it is important because jazz is the medicine for the Great Depression times.

- Radio had importance in politics, from President Roosevelt's firesides to Father Coughlin's rants about the New Deal.

- Babe Ruth was a huge star in the 1920s and continued his career through the 1930s

- Boxing was also a hugely popular in the 1930s

- 1938- boxing match that represented the conflict between Germany and the United states

- The Lone Ranger was a popular action show, and The War of Worlds led people to believe that we were actually under of attack of aliens from Mars.

- Marian Anderson was an African American singer who became an international star.