Depression-Era Photographs: Worth a Thousand Words
Throughout the Great Depression, the federal government employed photographers to document the need for New Deal programs and the extent of these programs' successes. Today, through the Internet, students can view this record of an era and see for themselves how Americans faced the challenge of those testing times.
No Guiding Questions
To gain insight into New Deal programs and the experience of Depression-era Americans
To recognize the distinction between observation and inference when drawing information from documentary photographs
To recognize some ways the photographer can influence interpretation of documentary photographs
To gain experience in critical thinking about media.