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1934 Federal Activities Reach Deeper Into Private Life

With the "new deal" branching out into almost every phrase of the nation's life, 1934 saw the United States making unprecedented strides in the development of a central government. High water marks of the year included the re-shaping of NRA, change in gold content of the dollar and the pouring out of millions to finance the public works program. The government's books showed the public debt mounted to $27,000,000,000, exceeding the wartime peak as efforts to accelerate recovery were pushed.

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This picture in the Greenfield Daily Recorder-Gazette portrays the popular view that the New Deal brought about a dramatic expansion of the role of the federal government. Before the depression most programs were administered at the state and local level. Although the New Deal did not completely change this, its national programs influenced the lives of many more Americans. This was particularly true of the work relief programs. The graphic in the Recorder shows a number of these work programs. In the left hand corner is the Blue Eagle, symbol of the NRA. The mural style, a panorama with a number of scenes blending into one another, is typical of the mural style of the era. Many public buildings displayed such murals, often painted by artists who themselves were employed by New Deal work relief programs.

 

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"Federal Activities Reach Deeper Into Private Life" image from Greenfield Daily Recorder-Gazette newspaper

publisher   Greenfield Daily Recorder-Gazette
date   Dec 17, 1934
location   Greenfield, Massachusetts
width   6.5"
height   4.25"
process/materials   printed paper, ink
item type   Periodicals/Newspaper
accession #   #L08.032


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