America in Depression and War

A photo of the Coos Bay Bridge, the longest bridge along the Oregon Coastal Highway.

The Coos Bay Bridge (also known as the Conde B. McCullough Memorial Bridge) in North Bend, Oregon, was built between 1934 and 1936. It was funded by the Public Works Administration, which was created under the National Industrial Recovery Act as part of the New Deal. All over America, there are many such bridges, dams, hospitals, and schools. (Photo courtesy of dalylab on Flickr.)


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This course focuses on the Great Depression and World War II and how they led to a major reordering of American politics and society. We will examine how ordinary people experienced these crises and how those experiences changed their outlook on politics and the world around them.

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Meg Jacobs. 21H.209 America in Depression and War. Spring 2012. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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