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FDR and the Depression
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Franklin Delano Roosevelt exerts programmatic and personal efforts to help America through its worst economic crisis. the Depression. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt is at FDR's side, and in many respects ahead of him, as the decade unfolds.
Key Events

The Great Depression.


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The United States in the 1930s.


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Dorothea Lange's Migrant Mother was one of the most famous photographs taken during the Depression. Working for the government, she and a cadre of other photographers sought to document the hardships under which Americans were suffering. In 1937, the Resettlement Administration became the Farm Security Administration. Under the directorship of Roy Stryker, the FSA photography unit employed a number of the finest photographers in America, including Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, Carl Mydans, Ben Shahn, and Arthur Rothstein. The group created over 250,000 images and distributed them for widest possible circulation in national magazines, local newspapers, museum exhibitions, and books.

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