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February 16, 2000

The New Deal Network
Written By: Hazel Jobe

This site, sponsored by the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute and funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, hosts a wealth of resources for teaching about Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his administration.

The simple site layout with black-and-white photos is appropriate for the content it exhibits.

There is a text navigation bar at the top of the page and photo links for each major section of the site. An on-site search engine lets users quickly find just what they're looking for.

The New Deal Network has a wealth of resources for the American history teacher or student who wants to learn more about our 32nd president. Primary sources, such as the extensive library of images and documents from the National Archives and the FDR Library, are rich in learning potential. The Classroom Resources section includes lesson plans, a discovery guide, and a showcase of curriculum projects based on these primary sources. One feature, Been Here So Long, offers a selection of 17 slave narratives, interviews with former slaves conducted by participants in the WPA Writers Project, for study. Lesson plans and resources for teaching are included, There is also an extensive list of other online resources for studying the Great Depression and the New Deal.