When the Great Depression hit the United States in the 1930s, no one could have guessed that the economic downturn would become the worst economic disaster in the country's history. By 1932 the nation's people struggled to survive, and they pinned their hopes on the new president, Franklin D. Roosevelt. He asked Congress to pass a number of laws and agencies to help solve the economic problems. One of Roosevelt's New Deal programs was the Works Progress Administration (WPA). This agency hired 600,000 Texans to do such things as build stadiums and parks, paint murals, and even interview people. In this activity, you will learn more about an early Texan from a WPA interview.
Destination Title: American Life Histories
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Start at the American Life Histories Web site.
- Click on Select a State.
- On the map, click on the state of Texas.
- Now click on List All Texas Titles.
- Scroll down to number 12, and click on Aunt Mary Davenport.
- Read the interview.
After you have read the interview, answer the following questions.