Featured Primary Sources

The New Deal

Nothing can enrich and enliven our understanding of the nation’s past, or dispel apathy about it, more powerfully than primary sources. The primary sources below open up a variety of viewpoints and have been chosen by master teachers specifically for use in the classroom. Affiliate School members can print a packet that includes an image of the document, photograph, or other resource, a transcript where applicable, text to place the document in historical context, and document-based questions. In addition, you may want to search the Gilder Lehrman Collection itself for other resources to enrich your lessons.

Republican Party campaign poster, 1940 (GLC09545)

Campaigning against Franklin Roosevelt’s third term, 1940

Creator: the Republican National Committee Curriculum Subjects: Government and Civics Grade Levels:
Enlistment poster for the Arizona Civilian Conservation Corps., September 24, 19

Civilian Conservation Corps poster, 1938

Creator: the Arizona Civilian Conservation Corps Curriculum Subjects: Art, Economics Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13+
Franklin D. Roosevelt, [Press release of speech delivered on Memorial Day at Get

George Washington would have supported the New Deal, 1934

Creator: Franklin D. Roosevelt Curriculum Subjects: Grade Levels:
Herbert Hoover to Louis L. Emmerson, July 10, 1931. (Gilder Lehrman Collection)

Herbert Hoover on the Great Depression and New Deal, 1931–1933

Creator: Herbert Hoover Curriculum Subjects: Foreign Languages Grade Levels:
“Roosevelt or Reaction?” campaign poster, Democratic National Campaign Committee

“Reelect Roosevelt—Friend of Labor,” 1936

Creator: Democratic National Campaign Committee Curriculum Subjects: Economics, Government and Civics Grade Levels:

Primary Sources from Other Sub-Eras

First Inaugural Address of Franklin D. Roosevelt, March 4, 1933. (GLC00675)

Franklin D. Roosevelt’s First Inauguration, 1933

Creator: Franklin D. Roosevelt Curriculum Subjects: Economics, Government and Civics, Literature Grade Levels:
Franklin D. Roosevelt, Address at Chautauqua, NY, August 14, 1936. (Gilder Lehrm

Franklin Roosevelt’s Good Neighbor Policy, 1936

Creator: Franklin D. Roosevelt Curriculum Subjects: World History Grade Levels:
Hooverville in Portland, Oregon, photograph by Arthur Rothstein, July 1936. (Lib

Photograph of a “Hooverville,” 1936

Creator: the Farm Security Administration Curriculum Subjects: Economics Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13+
Franklin D. Roosevelt, ca. 1935 (GLC04675.06)

The origins of FDR’s New Deal, 1932

Creator: Franklin D. Roosevelt Curriculum Subjects: Economics, Government and Civics Grade Levels:

The Supreme Court upholds national prohibition, 1920

Creator: Wayne B. Wheeler Curriculum Subjects: Economics, Government and Civics Grade Levels: