After last week’s discussion of economic devastation
in the Depression, we turn this week to the attempts to ameliorate the
suffering caused by that devastation. In his Lecture (approximately
53 minutes), Jeff Wiltse discusses the New Deal on the national level as
well as the impacts of the New Deal in the Northwest.
Maps & Cityscapes presents information
about and images of various New Deal “alphabet agencies” and the
work they did in our area. Tribal Perspectives presents
WPA posters created using images of Indian art, and displayed at the Golden Gate
International Exposition in 1939. People and the Humanities tells
the story of Idaho Writer’s Project director and atheist author Vardis
Fisher, offers a list of key New Deal figures in our area, and presents images
of the Post Office Murals project, while Research lists our
top books and films.
Assignment suggestions for this week’s content include:
- How has the role of government changed over the course of American history? How
have previous generations understood the role of government in the lives
of individuals and particularly their economic welfare? Do other countries
and cultures conceive of this relationship differently?
- Does government support of art projects change the art that is produced? Should
the government be involved in artistic production?
- Given that the Great Depression was a global event, consider comparing
the ways different governments responded to the crisis.
CCC road construction in Montana.