Roosevelt and the New Deal is part of the British Spartacus encyclopedia. The site is divided into categories, e.g. New Deal Personalities, New Deal Legislation, and New Deal Photographers.
Type of Material:
The site is divided into categories. There are New Deal Personalities which provide biographical sketches about Franklin Roosevelt and other major figures of the New Deal era. There are brief descriptions about New Deal programs and legislation and there are period photographs by photographers of the era. Hyperlinks offer access to topical asides, brief comments by contemporaries and interconnections between some of the materials. There is a list of links providing users with other sites about the Roosevelt era. Some of these sites offer transcipts of Roosevelt speeches.
The site should be used as a supplement for information students are already familiar with because the site is largely unstructured in the presentation of the material.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
To acquaint students with major aspects of the New Deal program of President Franklin Roosevelt. The site is linked to the English National Curriculum. As a general reference site no specific goals or objectives are identified.
Target Student Population:
The general public, all educational levels. Most likely to be used by high school students.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Some knowledge about the United States during the twenties and the factors contributing to the Great Depression would be helpful. The site is not intended to integrate materials into a curriculum unit.
A good supplementary resource on the New Deal.
The site fails to provide a bibliogrpahy of works on the New Deal. The site's approach is rather generic using a factual, straight-forward, popular view about the New Deal.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The biographical descriptions tend to be superficial and lack historical interpretation. Nevertheless, they provide basic information. It could be a useful resource for students conducting a research paper.
The information is offered in a fragmentary manner. There is no interpretive or scholarly assessment of the New Deal. The site would not be helpful to students seeking a more scholarly information. Most likely to be used by high school students.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The site is navigated by clicking on various entries arranged in three menu categories: personalities, programs, and photographers.
There is no search engine for this site but one does exist for the Spartacus series. The site offers reference material. A telling limitation is the site's inability to find specific kinds of secondary information about the New Deal.
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