FDR cartoon “Sweeping Changes”, 1933

Incoming president Franklin D. Roosevelt took office at a troubled time in US history. Hoover had failed to fix the economic problems facing the nation.

This cartoon shows Uncle Sam and Hoover watching as Congress hands FDR a broom for making sweeping changes to the nation.

We have included a copy of the cartoon as well and questions and answers ready for your classroom use.

For more on this era check out our US History PowerPoint:

The Great Depression and the New Deal 

Classroom history games:

The First Hundred Days under FDR

This fantastic cartoon from 1933 allows for deep analysis by students.

The cartoonist depicts FDR as TR, attacking the nation’s problems with “The Big Stick”.

We have included a copy of the cartoon with questions and answers.

So many concepts at work here, this could spark an amazing classroom discussion!

For more resources on this era check out our 1930s PowerPoint, as well as our FDR and the New Deal simulation game.

The 1930s

The Great Depression and New Deal characterized the decade and left a permanent mark on the American landscape both physically and psychologically.

Our 1930s PowerPoint details the major causes and events during the era.

We have included in this post a copy of some of the lecture terms and two crossword puzzles (puzzle 1, puzzle 2) linked to the lecture terms from the PowerPoint presentation.

President Roosevelt denounces Hitler’s actions in Europe, 1940

This partial newsreel shows US reaction to Hitler’s invasion of Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg. President Roosevelt addresses Congress and expresses his shock and anger on May 10, 1940. Envoys from the conquered nations also express their outrage at Hitler’s takeover.

Check out our US History Causes of WWII and WWII and World History WWII PowerPoints.

Fireside chats

One of his first fireside chats, this 1933 video outlines the relief programs FDR was designing to rescue the US from economic crisis.

This 1938 fireside chat discusses the effects of the Great Depression in Europe and the loss of democracy as a means of motivating Americans to stay strong.