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Multiple Perspectives: Artwork of the Great Depression

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Language Arts And English +5 Age Level Elementary (9 to 12 years old)

In this activity, students will explore what life was like during the Great Depression through the perspectives of multiple artworks. After using looking strategies to examine six paintings, students will write a short essay comparing and contrasting these artworks while considering what art can reveal about life in particular time periods.

Big Ideas: 

  • How did perspectives regarding life during the Great Depression differ during that historical period
  • How can you see these differing perspectives through artwork created during the historical period?

Keywords: Public Works of Art Project, Federal Arts Project, Works Progress Administration, New Deal

Tenement Flats

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Back of the Yards

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Parkville, Main Street

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Dispossessed

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Employment of Negroes in Agriculture

Smithsonian American Art Museum

The Fifth Year

Smithsonian American Art Museum