Life During the New Deal

By: Jasmyn Harvey & Drelan Harris

Roles that Women Played ...

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

- Frances 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 became the first black federal judge in the U.S. history

-Black Cabinet- group of African Americans Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed to key government positions; they served as unofficial advisers of the President

-Roosevelt felt angering Southern Democrats would jeopardize the entire New Deal

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William Hastie

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The Black Cabinet

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Artists of This Time

-Dorothea Lange was a celebrated chronicler of the Great Depression

-James Agee and Walker Evans both depicted lives of sharecroppers in the lower South

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Dorothea Lange

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Walker Evans

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Popularity of Movies

-Nearly 80 million of the nation's 127 million Americans attended a movie each week

-At an average of 25 cents a ticket, movies are one of the most affordable forms of entertainment

-The Grapes of Wrath is a movie on the Great Depression

-Make Way For Tomorrow is a movie about the financial hardships of an older couple

-I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang is another movie told the tale of a man without a job and walked into a life of crime

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Importance of the Radio in American Life

-President Roosevelt has fireside chats over the radio

-Father Coughlin ranted against the New Deal

-The radio provided listeners with religion, music, sports, and other entertainment

-The actor Orson Welles produced a radio broadcast of the H. G. Wells science fiction tale

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Music in the 1930s

-A famous type of music in the 1930s was jazz

- jazz is also named "swing"

- Duke Ellington and Count Basie were two famous big-band leaders

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The "Swing"

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Sports in the 1930s

-Because of the Great Depression, for Americans to buy tickets and attend events in person, were limited

-Baseball remained a popular attraction

- Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Babe Zaharias, and Max Schmeling were all famous athletes in the 1930s

- Babe Ruth and Gehrig were known for being Baseball players, Zaharias was known for running track and field, and Schmeling was known for boxing

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