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We Have a Plan: PBS Great Depression Series (1993)

Episode 4 (60 min.)

By 1934 challenges to the New Deal came from both sides of the political spectrum. In California Socialist Upton Sinclair ran for Governor promising to turn idle land and factories into self-governing cooperatives. Sinclair’s campaign ended in defeat, but one year later President Roosevelt’s signing of the Social Security Act signaled America’s emergence as a modern welfare state.

 

New Deal, New York: PBS Great Depression Series (1993)

Episode 3 (60 min.)

In his first one hundred days in office, in a effort to stem the effects of the Great Depression, President Roosevelt created many new federal agencies giving jobs and relief to people and transforming the American landscape with public works projects. Nowhere was this transformation more apparent than in Mayor Fiorello La Guardia’s New York City. Together Roosevelt and La Guardia expanded and redefined the role of government in the lives of the American people.

 

March of the Bonus Army – Part 3

 

March of the Bonus Army – Part 2

 

March of the Bonus Army – Part 1

 

Bonus March on Washington, DC: 1932

In 1932, unemployed veterans marched on Washington, DC demanding payment of a bonus due in the future. The “bonus marchers” were routed by the military on orders of President Hoover. The idea of World War I veterans who had come home as heroes being confronted by the army was a national shock and doomed whatever hope Hoover had for reelection.

 

Northern Light (2013)

105 min  –  Documentary | Drama | Family  –  1 March 2013 (USA)
Directors:  Nick BentgenLisa Kjerulff
Writers:  Nick BentgenLisa Kjerulff

Set against the backdrop of a town’s annual snowmobile race, this cinematic, observational documentary explores the American working class experience.

NORTHERN LIGHT interweaves the lives of three families in the northwoods of Michigan. Set against the backdrop of a town’s annual snowmobile race, this cinematic, observational documentary explores the American working class experience. As racers and their families pin their hopes to a 500 mile-long test of endurance, small triumphs and giant sacrifices are made along the way. From a frozen corner of the country emerge three American families.