FDR's New Deal finds a place on the Internet

If you have not visited the new Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington D.C. or if you want to peruse the history of the former president's administration point your browser to the New Deal Network Web site at newdeal.feri.org.

The project - a joint effort of The Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute The Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and IBM Corp. - is a network that archives digital replicas of artifacts from the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library the National Archives the National Museum of American Art the Library of Congress and other collections.

By capturing original documents photographs artwork films and radio broadcasts from Roosevelt's 1933-1945 administration the site allows visitors to immerse themselves in the Depression. Click on the photo of Rondal Partridge a photographer who worked with the National Youth Administration to view photos he took between 1936 and 1941 of California's youth struggling to live through the Depression.

Click on the "time line" icon to relive the events that led up to the Depression. For example more than 4 000 banks closed nationwide during the first two months of 1933 the time line notes. It also details the rich array of music and movies that were created during these dark times.

To learn about Roosevelt's New Deal click on the "library" icon to read about the initiative's social programs and the participation of various federal agencies. Visitors to the Internet site also can read letters received by Eleanor Roosevelt from children who lived through the Depression and the histories created by the thousands of writers who participated in the Federal Writers Project.

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