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Sarah Benton American Studies Ind. Study Midterm Report Spring 2010 So far, this semester, I have read several books on the topics of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the New Deal. The effects of the New Deal reached throughout the entire nation, and its policies have affected social issues throughout the rest of the decade. The more helpful books I have read were Taylor’s Soul of a People and Mangione’s The Dream and the Deal . My focus of this paper has shifted from a broad spectrum of all the policies of the New Deal, to a more specific view of the WPA and more specifically the Federal Writers’ Project. The Writers’ Project is an interesting topic to me, as it gave an inside view of the trials and tribulations of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl, generally from those who were directly experiencing it (ie, Anzia Yezierska, who took the job with the WPA due to her extreme poverty at the time). The Writers’ Project was only one of many social services aimed at promoting jobs and social welfare, and while it truly did not have the biggest impact, it is one of the most lasting efforts we have from that era.
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