The Impact Of The New Deal During The Great Depression

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In 1933 when Franklin Delano Roosevelt took office, he passed a series of documents called the New Deal. These documents were created in hope to push recovery in America and pull it out of the Great Depression. This New Deal supplied workers with jobs by creating government funded works projects to help better develop the country. Many of these jobs were specifically directed to artists. Before this time never before in history have artists been considered "workers". But because of the New Deal, many new programs were created in hope to promote and fund the arts, by doing so it helped to improve the society as a whole. This new sudden burst in art shifted the attitude in America as art was used as a tool by the government. It was used …show more content…
Some of the programs that funded artists specifically considered them to be “workers”. In this time that was a great accomplishment as for a long time society has simply viewed art as a hobby rather than an occupation. With that said, there were many programs created because of the Works Progress Administration (WPA). This program unlike the others was a more general program that had many programs that branched off of it dedicated to the artists of America. One of these programs being the Federal Art Project (FAP). The FAP employed over 5,000 artists creating over 225,000 pieces of art for the American people. Many of these pieces are still found in buildings and museums today …show more content…
This program was created to “give work to artists by arranging to have competent representatives of the profession embellished public buildings” (Broun). As part of this program artists were told to portray “the American Scene”, in which promoted the improvement of American society in its greatest time of oppression. Specifically at this time promoting the American Scene helped to improve the mood of society by showcasing America. Paintings of workers doing jobs around the country played a big role in changing a negative attitude that hovered over the nation during the Great Depression. Employed over 5,000 artists creating over 225,000 pieces of art for the American people. Many of these pieces are still found in buildings and museums today (Wagner). Other important yet smaller programs include the Section of Painting and Design, Index of American, The Federal Writers Project (FWP), The Federal Theatre Project (FTP), and the Civilian Conservation Corps (Wagner). All of these programs as well promoted the arts in improving the lives of writers, actors and architects. Overall all of these programs left an artistic touch on American history while in the process of cultivating the lives of Americans all over the

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