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Franklin D. Roosevelt
Franklin D. Roosevelt(20 Photos)
See pictures from the life and presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Herbert Hoover(16 Photos)
See pictures from the life and presidency of Herbert Hoover.
Soup Kitchens and Bread Lines
Soup Kitchens and Bread Lines(10 Photos)
As the United States slipped into the economic turmoil of the Great Depression, millions of Americans turned to soup kitchens and bread lines for their daily survival.
New Deal Programs
New Deal Programs(14 Photos)
In the 1930s, President Franklin D. Roosevelt launched an ambitious series of social programs and legislation known as the "New Deal," designed to lift the United States out of the economic downturn of the Great Depression.
The Dust Bowl
The Dust Bowl(13 Photos)
In the 1930s, agricultural damage coupled with drought and windstorms, resulted in severe storms and destruction in the region that became known as the Dust Bowl.
FDR: A Voice of Hope
FDR: A Voice of HopeVideo Clip (4:06)
Video Clip (4:06)
Elected in 1933, Franklin D. Roosevelt was a reassuring presence for many Americans through the trials of the Great Depression.
Dust Storms Strike America
Dust Storms Strike AmericaVideo Clip (2:48)
Video Clip (2:48)
Families were driven out of the once fertile Great Plains by massive dust clouds--one that rose to 10,000 feet and reached as far as New York City.
Hoover DamVideo Clip (4:09)
Video Clip (4:09)
Built during the Great Depression, Hoover Dam was a marvel of engineering and labor.
Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal
Franklin D. Roosevelt's New DealVideo Clip (1:54)
Video Clip (1:54)
How did President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal get the American economy back on track, and which components still have a major impact on today's society?
Black BlizzardVideo Clip (2:56)
Video Clip (2:56)
On May 9th, 1934 a giant storm rose up out of the great plains. A menacing wall of soil and dust headed east across the land, thick enough to block out the sun.
Tennessee Valley Authority - Nature's Power Harnessed
Tennessee Valley Authority - Nature's Power HarnessedVideo Clip (3:00)
Video Clip (3:00)
In the early 1930's, few people had greater reasons to be angry with mother nature than the residents of Tennessee River Valley. Every spring brought on an onslaught of rain which totaled six feet each year. In a Modern Marvels video, discover how the valleys power was tamed and harnessed.
Brother, Can You Spare A Dime
Brother, Can You Spare A DimeVideo Clip (2:00)
Video Clip (2:00)
Allison Moorer sings the Great Depression anthem, "Brother, Can You Spare A Dime."
Inaugural Address: Franklin D. Roosevelt
Inaugural Address: Franklin D. RooseveltVideo Clip (2:32)
Video Clip (2:32)
Excerpts from Franklin D. Roosevelt's first inaugural address on Saturday, March 4, 1933.
Franklin D. Roosevelt's Personal Strength
Franklin D. Roosevelt's Personal StrengthVideo Clip (3:21)
Video Clip (3:21)
How did Franklin D. Roosevelt's flexibility and charisma help him tackle the challenges of his presidency?
Migrant Mother Photo
Migrant Mother PhotoVideo Clip (3:06)
Video Clip (3:06)
The Migrant Mother image is one of a series of photographs that Dorothea Lange made in February or March 1936 in Nipomo, California.
Andrew Jackson vs. Bank of America
Andrew Jackson vs. Bank of AmericaVideo Clip (4:24)
Video Clip (4:24)
Discover how President Andrew Jackson went head-to-head against Henry Clay in the Bank War, the central controversy of Jackson's administration.
1930s GM Sit-Down Strike
1930s GM Sit-Down StrikeVideo Clip (3:44)
Video Clip (3:44)
Marissa Tomei performs the words of a General Motors employee during a 1930s labor strike.
The Ballad of Roosevelt
The Ballad of RooseveltVideo Clip (2:14)
Video Clip (2:14)
Danny Glover performs a Langston Hughes poem inspired by unfulfilled promises to the poor.
Franklin D. Roosevelt's First Fireside Chat
Franklin D. Roosevelt's First Fireside ChatVideo Clip
Franklin D. Roosevelt Creates Social Security
Franklin D. Roosevelt Creates Social SecurityVideo Clip (1:38)
Video Clip (1:38)
Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act as part of his New Deal efforts to rescue flailing Americans from the devastating effects of the Depression.
Franklin D. Roosevelt Denies Communist Agenda
Franklin D. Roosevelt Denies Communist AgendaVideo Clip (1:35)
Video Clip (1:35)
Find out how Franklin D. Roosevelt responded to being called a communist by his detractors during his 1936 presidential campaign.
National Recovery Administration Created
National Recovery Administration CreatedVideo Clip (2:06)
Video Clip (2:06)
Established in 1933, the National Recovery Administration (NRA) was a key component of President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal program designed to combat the effects of the Great Depression.
Franklin D. Roosevelt's Second Presidential Term
Franklin D. Roosevelt's Second Presidential TermVideo Clip (1:31)
Video Clip (1:31)
After Franklin D. Roosevelt was reelected in one of the greatest landslides in American history, he had a surprisingly shaky second term.
Franklin D. Roosevelt's Last Presidential Term
Franklin D. Roosevelt's Last Presidential TermVideo Clip (1:54)
Video Clip (1:54)
Franklin D. Roosevelt's capable handling of two major crises--the depression and WWII-- earned him a legacy as one of the greatest U.S. multi-term presidents.
The New Deal
The New DealVideo Clip (2:08)
Video Clip (2:08)
President Franklin Roosevelt creates a series of programs designed to help America cope with, and recover from the Great Depression.
Speeches & Audio (4)
Herbert Hoover Accepts 1932 Nomination
Herbert Hoover Accepts 1932 NominationAudio Clip (6:59)
Audio Clip (6:59)
In 1928, Herbert Hoover was elected president of the United States in a landslide Republican victory over Governor Alfred E. Smith of New York.
Herbert Hoover Campaigns for Reeelection
Herbert Hoover Campaigns for ReeelectionAudio Clip (2:03)
Audio Clip (2:03)
In his 1932 acceptance speech for the Republican nomination for president, President Herbert Hoover promises to continue his reconstruction efforts if he has a chance at a second term.
FDR's Fireside Chat on the Drought and the Dust Bowl
FDR's Fireside Chat on the Drought and the Dust BowlAudio Clip (2:46)
Audio Clip (2:46)
On September 6, 1936, in one of his famous fireside chat radio broadcasts, President Franklin Roosevelt describes the conditions he observed firsthand on a tour of the many states devastated by drought.
Robert M. La Follette Supports Roosevelt's "Court-Packing" Proposal
Robert M. La Follette Supports Roosevelt's "Court-Packing" ProposalAudio Clip (1:23)
Audio Clip (1:23)
In an effort to pass his New Deal legislation, President Franklin D. Roosevelt proposed adding extra Supreme Court justices sympathetic to his policies. In an address about the situation, Sen. Robert M. La Follette supports the plan.
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