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12. Migrant
Struggle


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Activities: Context Activities

Core Contexts
The Great Depression and the Dust Bowl
The New York Stock Exchange collapse in October of 1929 marked the beginning of the Great Depression, which lasted until America entered World War II in the early 1940s. The longest and most severe economic depression in American history, the Great Depression caused untold economic hardship and great social upheaval throughout the United States and the world. From... Go

Documentary Photography and Film
In Official Images: New Deal Photography, Pete Daniel and Sally Stein ponder why so many photographs were taken and viewed during the depression era. They speculate, "Maybe people feeling deprived of material goods were attracted to those images that most closely resembled the look, surface, and solidity of things. Maybe, too, people feeling suddenly insecure about... Go

Unionism and the Farm Workers Movement
Industry, Perseverance and Frugality, make Fortune yield -- Benjamin Franklin

Our movement is spreading like flames across a dry plain. We seek our basic, God-given rights as human beings. We shall do it without violence because it is our destiny. -- Cesar Chavez

In some ways, social institutions like trade unions seem to... Go


Extended Contexts
Socialism and Communism
Socialism can be understood as an economic theory or system of social organization whereby the means of producing and distributing goods are collectively owned or controlled. At its heart is the desire for a just and equitable distribution of wealth, property, and labor. Communism is an established system of government in which the state plans and controls the economy with the... Go

The Works Progress Administration (WPA)
During his acceptance speech at the 1932 Democratic National Convention, Franklin D. Roosevelt said, "I pledge you -- I pledge myself to a new deal for the American people." One of the major components of the "new deal" was the Works Progress Administration (WPA). The WPA provided over nine million people with work and sustaining wages by employing them to build roads, beautify... Go



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