Week of January 15, 2017
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What factors contributed to the Great Depression?
Unequal Wealth Distribution
Unstable Banks
All of the above

Which president gave the longest inaugural address?
James Polk
John Tyler
William H. Harrison

Who were “The Little Rock Nine”?
Nine civil rights activists
Nine African American high school students
Nine members of Dr. King’s family

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

FDRTake a Virtual Tour of the FDR Museum, fdrlibraryvirtualtour.
, to learn more about the historic events that occurred during Franklin D. Roosevelt’s presidency. After the stock market crash of 1929, more than 100,000 businesses in America failed, and millions of Americans lost their jobs and life savings. FDR became president during the 1930s, in the midst of the Great Depression. As you journey through the tour, you will see photographs and read stories about what life was like during those difficult times. Learn about the New Deal and the policies FDR put in place to create jobs and economic growth for the nation.

Play Spider Match
Spider Match

American Traditions

Wilson TaftIn Presidential Inaugurations, memory.loc.
you can access the Library of Congress’ 2,000 digital files on presidential inaugurations, from George Washington to Barack Obama. Do you know which president delivered the shortest inaugural address, or which ceremony was first to be photographed? Precedents and Notable Events lists inauguration firsts. In Words and Images, read a letter from a politician named Benjamin Brown French about his confrontation with John Wilkes Booth on the day President Lincoln was inaugurated.

Civil Rights

Martin Luther KingMartin Luther King Jr.: More Than a Dream, mlk.discovery
, is a collection of films and interviews chronicling the civil rights movement and the significant role that Dr. King played in facilitating change. Watch a series of videos featuring the issues that civil rights activists encountered in their struggle. Use the videos as a starting point for research or class discussions. Find out what it was like Living During Segregation in the South, and learn why Dr. King dedicated his life to achieving equality for everyone. See important landmarks in King’s life, such as where he grew up and where he worked, in Meeting Dr. King.

Speak Out

What would you like the new president to accomplish in his first 100 days? Why?

Speak Out Here!

Dear Amy: During the presidential campaign, the media kept referring to the “First 100 Days.” Why is this important? — Timothy S., Montpelier, Vermont

Dear Timothy: The “First 100 Days” is a measure for judging the effectiveness of a newly elected president. When Franklin Delano Roosevelt took office in 1933, he addressed the nation with a plan to end the Great Depression quickly. Banks had failed, families had lost their life savings and nearly 25 percent of the population was unemployed. Citizens desperately needed encouragement.

Roosevelt began by delivering an inspirational inauguration speech that included the famous quote “... the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” In his first 100 days in office, FDR made history, putting Congress to work right away by passing 15 new bills, reopening banks and creating jobs. He was the first president to turn so many new ideas into legislation in such a short time period.

Many historians believe FDR’s New Deal and other policy changes helped America recover from the Depression and reversed the fate of the nation. Keep track of our new president’s first 100 days at whitehouse.gov.


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