American History Chapter 15 Guided Readings

Emergency Banking Relief Act
Purpose: authorized the Treasury Department to inspect and close banks.
Goal: to restore public confidence in banks.

Glass-Steagall Banking Act of 1933
Purpose: established FDIC
Goal: to restore public confidence in banks

Federal Securities Act
Purpose: required corps. to provide complete information on all stock offerings.
Goal: to restore public confidence in the stock market

National Industrial Recover Act
Purpose: set prices, established labor standards.
Goal: to ensure fair business practices and to promote industrial growth.

Agricultural Adjustment Act
Purpose: paid farmers to lower production
Goal: to raise crop prices

Tennessee Valley Authority
Purpose: built and repaired dams and other projects in the Tennessee Valley
Goal: to create prosperity in the TV region

Civilian Conservation Corps
Purpose: put young men to work on road building and construction projects
Goal: provided jobs for men

Federal Emergency Relief Administration
Purpose: provided direct relief for needy
Goal: provide for the basic needs of the people hit the hardest by the depression

Public Works Administration
Purpose: provided money to states to create jobs
Goal: reduce unemployment

Civil Works Administration
Purpose: provided 4 million immediate jobs
Goal: reduce unemployment

Home Owners Loan Corporation

Appointees: Francis Perkins
Gains: appointed to important federal positions, more women began working out of the house
Problems: discriminaton in the workplace, getting paid less, having men get hired before them, NRA, CCC

African Americans
Appointees: Mary McLead Bethune; William H. Hastie; Robert C. Weaver
Gains: had an increased political voice because they had access to the President; organizations were created for tenant farmers
Problems: segregation, racial violence, racism, discrimination in all areas of life

Labor Unions
Gains: better working conditions; increased bargaining power; dramatic increase in union membership
Problems: strike violence

Other Coalition Groups
Other groups: various urban groups; southern whites
Reasons they supported Democratic Party: New Deal; Roosevelt appeals; work relief programs

Farmers, migrant workers, and others living in rural areas
Problems: the soil had lost its nutrients; unable to buy land; bank foreclosed on their land; did not have electricity; were in debt
Laws: the Soil Conservation and Domestic Allotment Act; AAA; SCS; PUHCA; Farm Security Act

Students and other young people
Problems: unemployed; poor
Laws: The National Youth Administration; WPA; CCC

Teachers; writers; artists and other professionals
Problems: unemployed; low or no income
Laws: Works Progress Administration; NYA

All workers including the unemployed
Problems: no jobs
Laws: Wagner Act; CCC; NYA; NLRB; FLSA; SSA

Retired workers
Problems; poor
Laws: The National Labor Relations (Wagner) Act

The disabled, the needy, elderly, and dependent mothers, and children
Problems: poor
Laws: Social Security Act

Gone with the Wind
What was it: a movie
Who created/appeared in it: Clark Gable and Vivian Leigh
What was its theme: sweeping drama about life among southern plantation owners during the civil war

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
What was it: a movie
Who created/appeared in it: Frank Capra
What was its theme: kind vs. greed

The War of the Worlds
What was it: radio show
Who created/appeared in it: Orson Welles
What was its theme: aliens invading

Waiting for Lefty
What was it: a play
Who created/appeared in it: Clifford Odets
What was its theme: labor struggles of the 1930’s

Native Son
What was it: a book
Who created/appeared in it: Richard Wright
What was its theme: young man trying to survive in a racist world

The Grapes of Wrath
What was it: a book
Who created/appeared in it: John Steinbeck
What was its theme: life of Oklahomans who left the Dust Bowl and went to California

Our Town
What was it: a play
Who created/appeared in it: Thornton Wilder
What was its theme: beauty of small town life in New England

American Gothic
What was it: a painting
Who created/appeared in it: Grant Wood
What was its theme: portrayal of life in the Midwest during the Great Depression

New Deal Laws and Agencies: NLRB; Wagner Act; Fair Labor Standards Act
Lasting Effects: mediate labor disputes between unions and employers; set standards for wages and hours; banned child labor and ensured the right of workers to organize and to bargain collectively with employers

Agriculture and rural life
New Deal Laws and Agencies: AAA
Effects: loans made to farmers by the Commodity Credit Corporation

Banking and finance
Laws/Agencies: SEC; FDIC; Glass Steagall Act
Effects: monitor stock market; laws about sale of stock; insure bank accounts

Social welfare
Laws/Agencies: Social Security Act
Effects: provide old age insurance program; an unemployment comp. system, and aid to the disabled and families with dependent children

Laws/Agencies: CCC; Soil Conservation Service; Taylor Grazing Act; TVA
Effects: planted trees, created hiking trails, built fire lookout towers; Taught farmers how to conserve soil through contour plowing, terracing, and crop rotation; help reduce grazing on public lands; harnessed water power to generate electricity and to prevent floods in the Tennessee Valley

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