All Weekend, Every Weekend. On C-SPAN3.

Photographs of the Great Depression

Arthur Rothstein Photo - Fleeing a Dust Storm, Oklahoma, 1936

Arthur Rothstein Photo - Fleeing a Dust Storm, Oklahoma, 1936

Washington, DC
Sunday, July 7, 2013

A look at historical photographs taken during the Great Depression, and how these iconic images shape the way we remember that period. We hear from University of Missouri Art Professor Dan Younger who focuses on the work of 20th century American photographers Arthur Rothstein, Dorothea Lange and Lewis Hine. Their photographs document American life and hardships during that era. This event took place at the National Archives in St. Louis. 

Updated: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 4:57pm (ET)

Related Events

Economic Lessons from the Great Depression
Saturday, May 11, 2013     

Economics professor Christina Romer talks about the Great Depression and what it can teach us about economic policy today. Romer is on the faculty at the University of California, Berkeley and served as President Obama’s Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers in 2009 and 2010. She was one of several professors featured at a “Teach-In” hosted by the University of Oklahoma. The theme of the day was the Great Depression and World War II.

Eric Rauchway, Author, "The Great Depression & the New Deal"
Saturday, February 14, 2009     

Eric Rauchway, Author, “The Great Depression & the New Deal,” on the actions taken by the Roosevelt administration to alleviate the national economic collapse.

Artwork and the Great Depression in Birmingham - Karen Utz, Sloss Furnaces National Landmark
Saturday, November 26, 2011     

Learn more about the history of Birmingham, Alabama - one of eight southeastern cities C-SPAN's touring this year. Hear about the uneven economic and social impact of the Great Depression on the people of Birmingham, Alabama.

The Presidency: Nixon & the National Security Council
Sunday     

Former members of President Nixon's National Security Council discuss his efforts to form a comprehensive, efficient national security policy that drew on the government’s diplomatic resources. This event was co-hosted by the National Archives and the Richard Nixon Foundation. 

American Artifacts: Warren Commission Records
Sunday     

Investigative Journalist Philip Shenon discusses lingering controversies surrounding the Warren Report, presented to President Lyndon Johnson on September, 24, 1964 & released to the public three days later. This interview examines phone calls, documents, and artifacts and was recorded in a conference room used by the Warren Commission at the Washington, DC office of the VFW. Mr. Shenon's book, "A Cruel and Shocking Act: The Secret History of the Kennedy Assassination" is the result of five years of work and details the Commission's nine-month investigation. 

Reel America: "November 22nd & the Warren Report"
Sunday     

A CBS special report from the day the Warren Report was released to the public. It includes interviews with those who knew Lee Harvey Oswald best, including his wife and his mother, as well as those who witnessed the assassination and the aftermath on the streets of Dallas.

Congressional History
Sunday     

A panel of political scientists explores questions regarding the history of the United States Congress, such as when Senate floor leadership first emerged and the impact of party politics. 

The Civil War: Fall of Atlanta
Saturday     

Author Stephen Davis discusses the Fall of Atlanta. He highlights the role of the four commanders who had the greatest impact on the Atlanta campaign: Confederates John Bell Hood and Joseph E. Johnston, and Union leaders William Tecumseh Sherman and George Thomas. Atlanta fell to Union forces on September 2, 1864, bringing General Sherman’s four-month-long campaign to a close. The Lovett School, Atlanta History Center & Jack & Anne Glenn Character Education Speakers Foundation co-hosted this event.

U.S. Diplomacy Center Groundbreaking Ceremony
Saturday     

Secretary of State John Kerry and former Secretaries of State Kissinger, Baker, Powell, Albright and Clinton deliver remarks at the groundbreaking ceremony for the U.S. Diplomacy Center. The museum will be designed to demonstrate the importance of diplomacy throughout American history.

History Bookshelf: The Life of Harriet Tubman
Saturday     

Author Catherine Clinton discusses Harriet Tubman’s life and work in this event from 2004. In "Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom," Clinton writes about Tubman's escape from slavery and details her time as a scout, a spy and a nurse for the Union Army.

Share This Event Via Social Media

Related Resources

In Depth: Joan Biskupic