Life During the New Deal

By Jada Ray

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 U.S. history

-The Black Cabinet acted as an unofficial advisers of the president

-Roosevelt felt that angering southern Democrats would jeopardize the entire New Deal

Artist during this time...

-Dorothea Lange was a photographer who recorded images of jobless people

-James Agee depicted the lives of sharecroppers in the Lower South

-Walker Evans compassionate and images formed a moving record of reality of rural poverty.

Popularity of movies...

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

-Few movies focused on hardship of life

Movie studios produced some 5,000 feature-length films

Importance of the radio...

-Radio brought a variety of new and views to American households

-Orson Welles produced a broadcast of the H.G. Welles science fiction tale The War of the Worlds that was so realistic, it convinced many listeners that Earth was under attack

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Music Era

-A highly orchestrated type of jazz called the swing swept the country in the 1930s

-Duke Ellington and Count Basie were two famous African American band leaders

-Benny Goodman and the Dorsey Brother were two white band leaders

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Sports Era

-The 1920s was widely regarded as the golden age of sports

-Babe Didrikson Zaharias won her fame from her talents in softball, golf, basketball, and track and field

-Heavyweight fighter Joe Louis's bout against German Max Schmeling came to represented the growing conflict between Germany and the United States

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