Paired Texts > The Forgotten Man
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In this historical speech, "The Economic Bill of Rights," former U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt discusses the importance of ensuring that the basic needs of all citizens are met.Pair “The Economic Bill of Rights” with “The Forgotten Man” and ask students to discuss how Franklin D. Roosevelt’s objectives compare in the two texts. Do students think that Roosevelt continues to be committed to improving the livelihood of the “forgotten man” throughout his presidency? Why or why not?
This speech, made by 32nd President of the United States Franklin Delano Roosevelt (served 1933-1945), addresses the problems of the Great Depression and the "Dust Bowl" of the 1930s—during which severe drought and erosion conditions led to a prolonged agricultural crisis.Pair “Excerpt from ‘On Drought Conditions’” with “The Forgotten Man” and ask students to discuss Franklin D. Roosevelt’s views on the importance of farmers in America. How do both texts explore the impact that farmers have on the economy? How do the obstacles that Roosevelt describes farmers facing in “The Forgotten Man” compare to the situation in “Excerpt from ‘On Drought Conditions’”?
In "The Great Depression," Kubic explores the causes and effects of the Great Depression, as well as the economic reforms that resulted from this era.Pair “The Great Depression” with “The Forgotten Man” to provide students with additional information on the Great Depression and the state of America’s economy. How do Franklin D. Roosevelt’s ideas concerning America’s economy compare to President Hoover’s approach to the economy? How do the objectives that Roosevelt shares in “The Forgotten Man” compare to his actions as president, as described in “The Great Depression”?