American Slave Narratives:  An Online Anthology

By the People, For the People: Posters from the WPA, 1936-1943

To see more photos of the Jefferson County Homesteads, go to and search for the homestead: Palmerdale, Gardendale, Greenwood, or Slagheap

Federal Theatre Project in Birmingham Clipping File

Federal Theatre Project Materials Collection

Great Depression Literature: Bestselling Novels 1929-1939

Learn About the Great Depression and the Stock Market Crash of 1929

New Deal Links on

McAdory [High School] History from the Beginning

My Day by Eleanor Roosevelt, October 27, 1938

National New Deal Preservation Association

New Deal Network

New Deal/WPA Art in Alabama

New Deal Art in Alabama Post Offices and Federal Buildings

Palmerdale Homesteads Community Center

Periodic Table of Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal

Rammed-earth houses in Mount Olive still functional years after they were built as a New Deal project - Birmingham News Living -

Vulcan BPL digital collection

Woodlawn High School Auditorium Murals


"Birmingham's Industrial Water Supply : Joint PWA-WPA Project Expected to Stimulate Growth of District," The American City 51 (May 1936):66.

"Concrete Street Signs : Birmingham, Ala. Has Prepared Design and Organization for New WPA Project," The American City 53 (May 1938):65.

"Field of Questions, Parking Lot Project Underscores How Much Isn't Know about Gilmore," The Birmingham News  (October 18, 2000): Neighborhoods 01-W.

Jackson, Harvey H. "How Marie Bankhead Owen Almost Killed the WPA Guide to Alabama," Alabama Heritage 56 (Spring 2000)

Maddux, Walter H. "The Slossfield Health Center : an Example of Local Medical Service for Mothers and Children Under Public Health Auspices," American Journal of Public Health 31 (May 1941):481-486.

Nelson, Jennifer. "Healthcare Reconsidered: Forgoing Wellness Among African Americans in the South," Bulletin of the History of Medicine 81 (Fall 2007): 594-624.

"Park and Playground Bleachers Built with Relief Labor : Scheme Devised by City Engineer Adds Seats in Thirty Locations in Birmingham," The American City 53 (April 1938):66-67.

"Pictures Give Graphic View of Scope of Local WPA Projects," The Birmingham News  (May 17, 1936): 1.

Poole, John R. "Making a Tree from Thirst: Acquiescence and Defiance in the Negro Federal Theatre Project in Birmingham, Alabama." Theatre History Studies 21 (June 2001): 27-42.

Powell, W. J. "Federal and City Officials Speak at Opening of Sloss-Field Negro Youth Training Center," ACIPCO News (November 1937): 13.

Redd, Tina. "Birmingham's Federal Theater Project Negro Unit : The Administration of Race," African American Performance and Theater History : A Critical Reader (2001): 271-287.

Roach, Leigh Anne. "Rammed Earth Houses in Mount Olive," Alabama Heritage 12 (Spring 1989)

Robinson, Lewey. "Unpaved Streets Surfaced by Relief Labor : a Cooperative Plan in Birmingham, Alabama," The American City 50 (November 1935):53-54.

Ruisi, Anne. "Woodlawn High's Huge 1930s Mural Regaining its Luster Painstaking New Deal for Historic Art," The Birmingham News 122 (March 17, 2009): 1-A.

Sims, Bob. "Depression deja vu for Birmingham?,"  The Birmingham News (March 22, 2009)

"Slum Clearance in Birmingham, Alabama," The American City 50 (November 1935):43.

Thrailkill, Jerry. "All He Know about Farming in 1937 was Gentle Art of How to Milk Cow," The Birmingham News (January 8, 1939)

Tidmore, Tina. "Demolition May Hit Clay Historical Homes," The Trussville Tribune (October 1, 2009):1.

Walsh, Maggie Hall. "Recovering Addicts Help Renovate Former Hangout," The Birmingham News  (April 20, 1994)

William, Lynn Barstis. "An Artistic Blend: Frank and Martha Anderson," Alabama Heritage  78 (Fall 2005)


All of this music belong to the nation : the WPA's Federal Music Project and American society, 1935-39 / Kenneth Bindas

All we knew was to farm : rural women in the Upcountry South, 1919-1941 / Melissa Walker

The African American church in Birmingham, Alabama, 1815-1963 : a shelter in the storm / Wilson Fallin, Jr

Alabama : the history of a Deep South state / William Warren Rogers ... [et al.].

Alabama slave narratives : a folk history of slavery in Alabama from interviews with former slaves : typewritten records / prepared by the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938

American-made : the enduring legacy of the WPA : when FDR put the nation to work / Nick Taylor

Americans view their Dust Bowl experience / John R. Wunder, Frances W. Kaye, and Vernon Carstensen, editors

Art for the millions: essays from the 1930s by artists and administrators of the WPA Federal Art Project / edited and with an introduction by Francis V. O’Connor

Children of the Depression / edited by Kathleen Thompson and Hilary Mac Austin

The Civilian Conservation Corps in Alabama, 1933-1942 : a great and lasting good / Robert Pasquill, Jr

The coming of the New Deal / Arthur M. Schlesinger

The crisis of the old order, 1919-1933 / Arthur M. Schlesinger

Days of hope : race and democracy in the New Deal Era / Patricia Sullivan

Dear Mrs. Roosevelt : letters from children of the Great Depression / edited by Robert Cohen

Depression post office murals and southern culture : a gentle reconstruction / by Sue Bridwell Beckham

Designing a new America : the origins of New Deal planning, 1890-1943 / Patrick D Reagan

Encyclopedia of the Great Depression and the New Deal / James Ciment

"Everybody was black down there" : race and industrial change in the Alabama coalfields / by Robert H. Woodrum

The Federal Theatre Project in Georgia and Alabama : an historical analysis of government theatre in the Deep South / by John Russell Poole

The food of a younger land : a portrait of American food : before the national highway system, before chain restaurants, and before frozen food, when the nation's food was seasonal, regional, and traditional : from the lost WPA files / edited and illustrated by Mark Kurlansky

Free, adult, uncensored : the living history of the Federal Theatre Project / foreword by John Houseman ; edited by John O'Connor and Lorraine Brown

Freedom from fear : the American people in depression and war, 1929-1945 / David M. Kennedy

Ghosts and Goosebumps : ghost stories, tall tales, and superstitions from Alabama / compiled by Jack Solomon and Olivia Solomon ; illustrations by Mark Brewton

The Great Depression : America, 1929-1941 / with a new introduction by the author, Robert S. McElvaine

Harry Hopkins : sudden hero, brash reformer / June Hopkins

A history of the University of Alabama hospitals / by Jack D. L. Holmes

The hungry years : a narrative history of the Great Depression in America  / T.H. Watkins  

Let Us Now Praise Famous Men  / James Agee and Walker Evans

Long-Range Public Investment : the Forgotten Legacy of the New Deal / Robert D. Leighninger

A Nation in torment : the great American depression, 1929-1939 / Edward Robb Ellis

The New Deal : a 75th Anniversary Celebration / Kathryn A. Flynn with Richard Polese

The New Deal and beyond : social welfare in the South since 1930 / edited by Elna C. Green

The new dealers : power politics in the age of Roosevelt / Jordan A. Schwarz

New South, New Deal and beyond : an exhibition of New Deal era art, 1933-1943 / by the Alabama Artists Gallery

"The most segregated city in America" : city planning and civil rights in Birmingham, 1920-1980 / Charles E. Connerly

The perils of prosperity, 1914-32 / by William E. Leuchtenburg

Pickaxe and pencil : references for the study of the WPA / compiled by Marguerite D. Bloxom

Planting hope on worn-out land : the history of the Tuskegee Land Utilization Project : Macon County, Alabama, 1935-1959 / Robert G. Pasquill, Jr

Politics and welfare in Birmingham, 1900-1975 / Edward Shannon LaMonte

The politics of upheaval / Arthur M. Schlesinger

Poor but Proud : Alabama's Poor Whites / Wayne Flynt

Renewing Birmingham: federal funding and the promise of change, 1929-1979 / by Christopher MacGregor Scribner

The second bill of rights : FDR's unfinished revolution and why we need it more than ever / Cass R. Sunstein

Soul of a people : the WPA Writer's Project uncovers Depression America / David A. Taylor

The South and the New Deal / Roger Biles

This is Gardendale : the story of the founding and growth of our city, Gardendale, Alabama, a project of the Retired Adult Club / written and compiled by Pauline Parker Jones

Toting the Lead Row : Ruby Pickens Tartt, Alabama Folklorist / Virginia Pounds Brown, Laurella Owens

The tree army : a pictorial history of the Civilian Conservation Corps, 1933-1942 / by Stan Cohen

Trussville through the years / by Carol and Earl Massey

Vulcan & his times / Philip A. Morris

The Way we were / published by McAdory school reunion publication committee 1988

Welcome to Greenwood : The History of a Subsistence Homestead Project and Its People / by Mildred Moore McCrimmon Crain

The worst hard time : the untold story of those who survived the great American dust bowl / Timothy Egan.  

The WPA guide to 1930s Alabama / compiled by workers of the Writers' Program of the Works Projects Administration in the state of Alabama ; with an introduction by Harvey H. Jackson III

Movies of the 1930s or about the 1930s


All the Kings Men (1949)

American Madness (1934)

Bonnie & Clyde (1967)

Bound for Glory (1976)

Cinderella Man (2005)

Cradle Will Rock (1999)

Emperor of the North Pole (1973)

Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)

The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

King of the Hill (1993)

The Match King (1932)

My Man Godfrey (1936)

O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

Our Daily Bread (1934)

Paper Moon  (1973)

The Purple Rose of Cairo  (1985)

The Sting (1973)

Sullivan's Travels (1941)

They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969)

Thieves Like Us (1974)

Three Faces West (1940)

To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

Wild Boys of the Road (1933)

For Children

Annie (1981)

Kit Kittredge: An American Girl Movie (2008)

Where the Red Fern Grows (1974)


Alaska Far Away: The New Deal Pioneers of the Matanuska Colony (2007)

America Lost and Found (1979)

The City (1939)

The Decades Collection  : 1930-1939 (2007)

The Great Depression (2009)

The March of the Bonus Army (2006)

The Panic is On : the Great American Depression as Seen by the Common Man (2009)

The Plow That Broke the Plains (1936)

Riding the Rails (2003)

Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives (2003)