Why did the federal government expand so much during the New Deal era? To this day, the impact of the New Deal can be felt by most Americans. Social Security, publicly funded work projects, electrification of rural areas, and the general expansion of the federal government had its direct roots in this time period that saw tremendous change in the relationship between the American people and its government. Students will examine a variety of primary and secondary sources to uncover the reasons for the expansion of government services and programs during the 1930s.
Throughout the lesson students will do the following:
1) Respond to a Bell Ringer in which students watch a video clip about food stamp abuse and consider whether the food stamp program should be continued.
2) Analyze a political cartoon demonstrating the active, though sometimes haphazard, role that FDR and the federal government played during the New Deal.
3) Investigate historical source sets that help magnify the reasons for government expansion in the New Deal era.
4) Discuss their findings with a fellow classmate that researched a different source set.
5) Conclude with an exit ticket that asks them to answer the essential question based on what they remember from the day's activities.