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What few people know about the program that "saved" America - Meg Jacobs

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In 1932, one in four Americans was unemployed, marking the highest unemployment rate in the country’s history. The Democratic presidential candidate Franklin D. Roosevelt promised a New Deal— a comprehensive set of legislation to support struggling citizens and put the country back to work. Meg Jacobs digs into the policies of this bold campaign and how it didn’t fully live up to its promises.

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  • Educator Meg Jacobs
  • Director Anton Bogaty
  • Narrator Christina Greer
  • Music Stephen LaRosa
  • Sound Designer Stephen LaRosa
  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Director Alex Rosenthal
  • Producer Bethany Cutmore-Scott
  • Editorial Producer Dan Kwartler
  • Script Editor Alex Gendler
  • Fact-Checker Jennifer Nam
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Additional Resources for you to Explore
To learn about the impact of the Great Depression and the New Deal on African American communities, read this essay. Read about the New Deal, the federal programs it introduced, and its legacy from this article and the book The New Deal: A Modern History by Michael Hiltzik. Just as the New Deal reshaped America’s economy following the Great Depression, the Green New Deal aims to reshape the country’s economy once again by introducing new jobs, social reforms, and effective action on climate. Read the Green New Deal here. Moreover, Greenpeace created this infographic to explain what a Green New Deal for all should include.

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Meg Jacobs
  • Director Anton Bogaty
  • Narrator Christina Greer
  • Music Stephen LaRosa
  • Sound Designer Stephen LaRosa
  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Director Alex Rosenthal
  • Producer Bethany Cutmore-Scott
  • Editorial Producer Dan Kwartler
  • Script Editor Alex Gendler
  • Fact-Checker Jennifer Nam
  • See more creators

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