Life During the New Deal

Rich Valentine

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 Importance

  • 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".
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  • 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.
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  • 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.