This document based questions asks students to discuss the the effectiveness of New Deal programs. Before students write an answer to the essay they have learned about the New Deal goals of relief, recovery, and reform, which are then woven into the following prompt:
How exactly did the programs of the New Deal attempt to provide relief, recovery, and reform? How successful were those attempts? (Be sure to answer BOTH parts of the question!)
Students are provided with the following documents to help them craft their answer:
Document A: Dorthea Lange's photograph "Migrant Mother"
Document B: An excerpt from Huey Long's "Every Man a King" speech
Document C: A political cartoon on the AAA
Document D: An excerpt from Franklin Roosevelt's First Inaugural Address
Document E: A poem written by a worker with the CCC
Document F: A government poster explaining Social Security
Document G: An excerpt from Franklin Roosevelt's 1935 State of the Union address
Document H: A graph of unemployment data 1929-1939
This DBQ is used in a regular level US history class, but could be easily modified to meet College Board expectations in an AP US history class.