We’re collecting New Deal Curricula for High School and College courses. Please contact us if you would like to contribute to our collection. We would like to help disseminate curricula and teaching aids across the country.
We’ve gathered a New Deal reading list by topic for the use of teachers, students, and educators.
Our print Map and Guide to New Deal Sites in Washington D.C. is a valuable resource and teaching tool. To assist teachers in utilizing this resource, we’ve created an Educators’ Guide to Teaching the Art and Public Works of the New Deal in Washington D.C. In addition, teachers can download the full text of the print map and can request print maps for use in their classrooms.
A New Deal in California – Teacher Resources was created by the California Historical Society, for which the Living New Deal team provided input (back when we focused solely on California). It contains material that would be useful for others states, as well.
We’ve gathered some of the best syllabi by college professors for you. In some cases professors have asked that you contact them before using or publishing their work. Please respect those requests (noted in the syllabus where relevant):
Boom or Bust- Social Struggles of the 1930s_Buchman Evergreen F2012
Depression Era United States_Dirks Reed F2000 Hist411
Great Depression and The New Deal_Katz NUY Sp2012 Hist
Introduction to Historical Methods- The Great Depression and the New Deal_Wilson UNC F2009 Hist2100
New Deal America_OBrien UBuff Sp2000 Hist395
The New Deal’s Global History_Ekbladh Tufts HST93
TWENTIETH CENTURY AMERICAN POLITICS_ Katznelson Columbia Sp2012 PoliSci3280
Learning Resources about Frances Perkins, from the Frances Perkins Center, Honoring and Preserving the Legacy of the Woman Behind the New Deal.
We have two extensive bibliographies on our Resources Page.
Teachers may want to consult our New Deal sites map to show students where local New Deal projects are located. We would urge teachers to organize class projects where students can search out New Deal sites and submit the documentation to us for inclusion in our national inventory & map (we give credit to anyone who submits such data). Students also love to interview their parents, grandparents and other elders about their recollections for our New Deal stories page.
Guidelines for volunteering, seeking out New Deal sites, and submitting information are provided on our Get Involved pages.
We also hope to develop a New Deal Maps gallery soon.