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CATEGORY: Franklin D. Roosevelt
How Did the Gold Standard Contribute to the Great Depression?
May 8, 2018

A number of complex factors helped to create the conditions necessary for the Great Depression, and adherence to the gold standard was just one of those factors. Read More

Historic Presidential Affairs That Never Made it To the Tabloids
May 7, 2018

FDR and Eleanor had a special arrangement, LBJ had no shame, and Harding had a favorite closet. Read More

How Photography Defined the Great Depression
April 30, 2018

To justify the need for New Deal projects, the government employed photographers to document the suffering of those affected, producing some of the most iconic photographs of the Great Depression. Read More

Life for the Average Family During the Great Depression
April 19, 2018

The Great Depression, the worst economic downturn in modern history, profoundly affected the daily life of American families in ways large and small. Read More

Last Hired, First Fired: How the Great Depression Affected African Americans
April 18, 2018

While no group escaped the economic devastation of the Great Depression, few suffered more than African Americans, who experienced the highest unemployment rate during the 1930s. Read More

Why Did Japan Attack Pearl Harbor?
April 10, 2018

By the time the first Japanese bomber appeared over Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, tensions between Japan and the United States had been mounting for the better part of a decade, making war seem inevitable. Read More

These Women Taught Depression-Era Americans to Use Electricity
March 29, 2018

90 percent of rural homes in the U.S. didn’t have electricity in 1935. Ten years later, almost all of them did. Read More

10 Modern Presidential Speeches Every American Should Know
February 16, 2018

Presidential speeches reveal the United States’ challenges, hopes, dreams and temperature of the nation, as much as they do the wisdom and perspective of the leader speaking them—even in the age of Twitter. Read More

5 Presidents Who Hid Their Health Issues
January 18, 2018

These Presidents didn't want the state of their health to affect the state of the nation. Read More

How We Got Social Security Numbers
October 4, 2017

And why they’re probably not going anywhere. Read More