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1930s Research Project

For this project, you will research a specific topic related to the 1930s, write a research summary that presents your findings, and present your research to the class in an oral presentation.


The New Deal

Franklin D. Roosevelt Delivers a Fireside Chat

During his presidency, Franklin D. Roosevelt addressed the nation in a series of "fireside chats." These radio broadcasts endeared him to a majority of Americans, who reelected him in a landslide victory in 1936. Through these direct appeals to the American voter, Roosevelt attempted to convince the nation that intervention against Germany and Italy was the best course of action for the security of the country.

Source: National Archives and Records Administration.  Franklin D. Roosevelt Library.

Slideshow: FDR and the New Deal


African Americans in the 1930's

Jesse Owens

James (Jesse) Cleveland Owens was one of the most gifted athletes of all time. He was born in Alabama but later moved with his family to Cleveland, Ohio, where he excelled at track and field events in high school. As a student at Ohio State University, he broke several world records competing on the university's track team. Owens qualified for the Berlin Olympics in 1936, the games Adolf Hitler had intended to use as proof of his theory of "Aryan supremacy." Owens won four gold medals and broke world records in the broad jump and in the two hundred-meter and four hundred-meter relay races. These records remained unbroken for more than twenty years. Later in life, Owens became a businessman and was active in Illinois state commissions for youth and athletics.

Source: Library of Congress.  Prints and Photographs Division.

Slideshow: African Americans in the 1930's


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Women in the 1930's

Dorothea Lange

On the road with camera and film in hand, Dorothea Lange photographed the lives of migrant workers displaced by the Depression. Her work earned her a job with the Farm Security Administration and eventually would jumpstart her career as one of America's groundbreaking documentary photographers.

Courtesy of: Facts on File


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