The Great Depression and New Deal

As we know, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt developed a plan to help the United States get out of the Great Depression.  This “New Deal for the American people” expanded the federal government's role in the economy.  As a historian, you will examine a particular program of the New Deal and reflect on its impact on our society today.  You will be putting together a presentation for a local museum that is running a display on FDR’s New Deal Policies. 


Your job as the historian will be to: 

-Create a PowerPoint presentation.

The presentation must examine one of FDR’s programs (will be given to you by the museum curator) that helped America get out of the Great Depression.

Your professional presentation must describe the effect the program had on the 1930’s and also describe how the program affects the United States today.



-Document Your Sources with a Bibliography

In order to be successful in creating your presentation you will use your textbook and the Internet to access original documents, pictures, and other information which must be cited correctly.


When creating your presentation you must include:

  • Pictures:

    • At least two pictures showing the Great Depression.
    • At least two pictures showing people working with their specific program.
  • Quotes:
    • At least one quote from somebody involved with the program (worker, President, Congressmen, etc.)
  • Program Information, Title, and Goal:
    • What was the program set up to do?
    • What was the goal of the program?
    • How did this program benefit the United States?
  • Pros and Cons:
    • What was good about the program? (list at least two positives)
    • What was bad about the program? (list at least two negatives)
  • Affect:
    • How did the program change or affect life in the United States?
  • Effectiveness:
    • How does your program meet the three goals (relief, recovery, and reform)?

      • Each goal could be a separate slide.
  • Impact Today:
    • Does the program still exist today?
    • Has it been reformed since the 1930's?
    • Are there similar programs today?
    • Are there problems/issues with it today if it is in existence? (i.e. Social Security).
  • Bibliography:
    • Must contain at least four different sources you used to gather information.
    • One source can be your textbook.

-You should be able to cooperatively answer the questions above without issue and formulate a presentation with transistions, color, and be at least ten slides long.

-You may choose to support or oppose the program you have but you must back up your reasoning with facts!


  • Required Resource:
      • Textbook-pages 486-521
    • Useful Websites:
    • To prepare your citations you should use either:



    Your presentation will be graded in the following manner:

    • Content of the presentation (0-30 points)

      • Presentation is historically accurate and covers major events and the importance of the program.
    • Creativity (0-20 points)
      • Writing was clever and engaging.
      • Presentation had color, flow, and transistions which kept the audience's attention.
      • Presentation had pictures to represent the era and their particular program.
    • Perspective (0-15 points)
      • Kept the perspective of the historian throughout the presentation.
    • Documentation (0-5points)
      • Used at least four resources, including your textbook.
      • Documented all sources correctly in the bibliography.
    • Other (0-30 points)
      • Followed directions and completed all tasks.

        • Four pictures
        • One quote
        • Program overview
        • Pros and cons
        • Effectiveness of the program
        • Analysis of current impact 
      • Spelling and Grammar

    TOTAL: ______/100


    You have now completed your task as a historian!  The museum curator will now look over your presentation and if worthy you will donate your presentation to the museum.  They will be extremely happy with your finished product.  They will then put your presentation and its contents on display for others to view.