The New Deal Network, a Web site developed by the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute in partnership with The Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, Marist College, and IBM, is committed to gathering together and presenting these documents for the use of students, scholars, and teachers. We have created a database, consisting of several thousand images of the Great Depression taken from a variety of sources, which will continue to be developed over the next three years.
The New Deal Network will be more than another online photographic archive. We have invited scholars to contribute online essays concerning the social and economic issues that confronted America during the Great Depression, issues that are as timely today as they were sixty years ago. Educators from the Bank Street College of Education and elsewhere are assisting us in developing thematically driven curriculum packages for the use of high school and middle school teachers.
In addition, we are providing information to teachers and students on how to document the impact of New Deal programs in their local communities. Teachers will be able to assist their students in gathering primary resources, documenting their findings, and editing their work for publication on the New Deal Network. In publishing information about the histories of their communities, students will become invested in both their work and their communities.
The New Deal Network will be launched in October 1996, which has been designated Roosevelt History Month by President Clinton and a resolution of the United States Senate. The world wide web site can be reached at http://newdeal.marist.edu
Thomas J. Thurston is Project Director for the New Deal Network site on the World Wide Web at the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute in Hyde Park, New York.Sites Related to FDR and the New Deal on the World Wide Web
FDR Library: via Marist College under "College Connections" at: http://www.marist.edu
FDR Library: via National Archives at: http://www.nara.gov/nara/ president/address.html
The New Deal Network: http://newdeal.marist.edu
Political Cartoons: http://www.wizvax.net/ nisk_hs/departments/ social/fdr_html/fdrmain
FDR's four inaugural speeches (the White House has a section on each president) at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/ WH/glimpse/presidents/html/ fr32.html
Fireside Chats: http://www.mhrcc.org:80/fdr/ fdr.html
Life History Manuscripts from the Folklore Project, WPA Federal Writer's Project, 1936-1940, at Library of Congress: http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ ammem/wpaintro/ wpahome.html
Color Photographs from the Farm Security Administration and the Office of War Information, ca. 1938-1944 at Library of Congress: http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/ fsowhome.html