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[Detail] Migrant agricultural worker

Play or Skit

The Federal Theatre Project, established during the New Deal, employed unemployed playwrights and actors to create and perform short dramas based on current issues. These "Living Newspaper" plays were often used to sway public opinion to support New Deal programs. Have students form groups to select and dramatize an issue from the Depression era, referring to photographs to create a backdrop and select props.