Learn About the New Deal on the Internet: In keeping with its search for fresh approaches to educating students and the public about the Roosevelt era and its legacy, FERI created the New Deal Network, a research and teaching resource on the World Wide Web devoted to the public works and arts projects of the New Deal. FERI launched NDN in October, 1996 with the assistance of IBM, Marist College, and the FDR Library and will continue its development over the next several years in cooperation with the Institute for Learning Technologies at Columbia University. .
At the core of the NDN is a database of photographs, political cartoons, audio clips, and texts (speeches, letters and other historic documents from the New Deal period). To assist students in interpreting the documents, NDN project staff are embedding links to other documents, background information, short biographies of significant figures, a time line on the 1930s, and curriculum materials. Every few months the staff adds new "Features" which explore New Deal topics, such as TVA, African-Americans and the New Deal, and letters from young people to Eleanor Roosevelt during the Depression. NDN invites teachers and students to document WPA and CCC projects in their own communities and to report their findings on the New Deal Network. Museums, historical societies, and individuals who were active during the New Deal, as well as schools, contribute materials to the site.
Help Us Add to NDN: We hope to create an interactive national learning community on the history of the New Deal. If you would like to contribute to the site, contact us via the e-mail link at the site: http://newdeal.feri.org or write to the Roosevelt Institute.