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United States History - Primary Resources

Great Depression 1929-1939

The Scream
(Norwegian: Skrik)
Edvard Munch, 1893
Oil, tempera, and pastel on cardboard
91 × 73.5 cm
National Gallery, Oslo



Alcohol, Temperance, and Prohibition

America from the Great Depression to World War II

America from the Great Depression to World War II, Photographs

America in the 1930's

American Life Histories, Manuscripts from the Federal Writers' Project 1936 - 1940 The Life Histories Collection is part of the U.S. Work Progress Administration Federal Writers' Project and Historical Records Survey. From the home page of the collection, you can conduct subject searches and extract interviews on specific issues.

By the People, For the People: Posters from the WPA, 1936-1943

The Depths of Depression

Digital History - Primary Source Documents

Dorothea Lange's "Migrant Mother" Photographs in the Farm Security Administration Collection: An Overview

Fair Labor Standards Act, 1938

The Forgotten People (Memory): American Treasures of the Library of Congress The Forgotten People Between 1935 and 1943, Lange and other top-caliber photographers hired by Roy Stryker of the Resettlement Administration produced what was to become the world's best-known photographic survey, the Farm Security Administration (FSA) collection.

History of the FBI The New Deal: 1933 - Late 1930's

Labor Unions During the Great Depression and the New Deal

National Industry Recovery Act, 1933

National Labor Relations Act, 1935 (The Wagner Act)

A New Deal for the Arts/ The National Archives

The New Deal Network

New Deal Network Subject Index

Other Voices from the Depression, "Harlan Working Under the Gun" by John Dos Passos, published in The New Republic (December 2, 1931)

President Franklin Roosevelt's Radio Address Unveiling the Second Half of the New Deal (1936)

Puerto Rico in the Great Depression/Industry, Commerce, and Labor

Social Security Act (1935)

Social Security Online History -Social Security Act 1935

Transcript of Social Security Act 1935 (1935)

United States Foreign Policy Timeline

U.S. Department of Labor Wirtz Labor Library

Voices from the Dust Bowl: the Charles L. Todd and Robert Sonkin Migrant Worker Collection, 1940-1941

Voices from the Thirties - Life Histories from the Federal Writers' Project

Works Progress Administration: Voices from the Thirties
American Life Histories, 1936-1940