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The Helping Hand [electronic resource]

Sunrise Media LLC
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
In 1932, the United States had almost no provision by which the federal government could offer a helping hand to the victims of economic collapse. But with a staggering number of Americans out of work, soup kitchens and private charities were simply overwhelmed. Enter Franklin D. Roosevelt-a leader ready to act, armed with a New Deal for the country. Bill Moyers explores America's Depression-era shift to the left in this video. He shows how the rapid growth of government made Washington the center for the nation's recovery and a purveyor of hope to millions. It was the beginning of the welfare state-American style.
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52 min.
12 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on Sept. 09, 2010.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Related Title
Walk through the 20th century with Bill Moyers (Television program)
A Walk Through the 20th Century with Bill Moyers
  • Beginning of the Welfare State (3:33)
  • The Way to Better Times (2:38)
  • National Recovery Administration (2:01)
  • Works Progress Administration (2:29)
  • New Deal Homestead Program (2:53)
  • Opponents of the New Deal (3:12)
  • Public Benefits as a Right (3:15)
  • Government Programs Grow (3:46)
  • Promoting General Welfare on Film (5:00)
  • Know Your Money (4:00)
  • Civilian Conservation Corp (6:31)
  • Limited Options During the Depression (4:13)
  • Civilian Conservation Corp Reunion (3:04)
  • Civilian Conservation Corp Life and Work (4:32)
  • Transformation of American Life (2:24)
  • The Helping Hand - Credits (1:00)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2010], c1984.
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  • 42054s Films Media Group
  • 42068 Films Media Group
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1 streaming video file (52 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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