Life During the New Deal
Roles of Women
- Eleanor Roosevelt helped women during her husband's administration.
- Frances Perkins was the first woman to head ab executive department in government.
- Women became leaders in the New Deal agencies.
Roles of African Americans
- William Hastie became the first black federal judge in U.S. history.
- African Americans were beginning to be hired to fill posts in the government.
- An African American woman named, Mary McLeod Bethune was the leader of a group of officials known as the Black Cabinet.
Artists during this time
- Dorothea Lange was a celebrated chronicler of the Great Depression who recorded images of jobless people.
- James Agee (writer) and Walker Evans (photography) depicted lives of sharecroppers in the Lower South.
- "Let Us Now Praise Famous Men", is a piece that focused on a group of families in rural Alabama.
Popularity of Movies
- A study in 1935 showed that nearly 80 million of the nation's 127 million Americans attended a movie each week.
- "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" became history's first full-length animated movie.
- "The Wizard of Oz" introduced color photography and special effects.
- Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath", became one of the first successful books turned into a movie.
- Radio was an important source for news, music, sports, and other forms of entertainment.
- An example of a popular radio show was, "The War of the Worlds".
- The invention of the radio helped broaden the appeal of jazz.
- It became so appealing that a new, highly orchestrated type of jazz known as "swing" began to emerge.
- A few examples of popular artists were Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, and the Dorsey Brothers.
- The 1920's is often referred to as the golden age of sports, especially in baseball.
- Baseball became popularized by key players such as Babe Ruth & Joe DiMaggio.
- Another star, was a multisport player known as Babe Didrikson Zaharias. She was huge in softball, basketball, golf, and track & field.