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Ideas for Research and Project Topics

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You have been assigned to do a research paper about some person or event from the Roosevelt era. Your teacher may have given you a topic, or he or she may have asked you to come up with one of your own choosing. The following list will provide you with a wide variety of broad topic ideas.

Once you have selected a topic, you can Contact the Education Specialist at the Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum's Education Department for primary source information about these topics.

Franklin Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt visiting the Cold Spring Institute for Gerontology, Cold Spring, New York.
  • As a boy
  • As tree farmer
  • As Assistant Secretary of the Navy
  • As the Governor
  • As the President
  • His collections: books, ships, stamps
  • His challenges with polio
  • His campaigns
  • His four terms
  • His management style
  • His legacy
  • His speeches
  • The Presidential Library System

Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt visiting the Cold Spring Institute for Gerontology, Cold Spring, New York.
  • As a girl
  • As a young woman
  • As First Lady of the United States
  • As 'First Lady of the World'
  • Her work with the Red Cross
  • Her work with the United Nations
  • Her work on civil rights
  • Her work on women's issues
  • Her home at Val-Kill
  • Her travels
  • Her My Day column
  • Her books
  • Her legacy

The Great Depression

Migrant family on the road during the Great Depression
  • The Banking Crisis
  • The Dust Bowl
  • The New Deal Programs
  • Social Security
  • CCC - Civilian Conservation Corps
  • TVA - Tennessee Valley Authority
  • AAA - Agricultural Adjustment Act
  • NRA - National Recovery Administration
  • FDIC - Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
  • WPA - Works Project Administration
  • FSA - Farm Security Administration
  • Fireside chats
  • Judicial Reorganization Plan (Court Packing Plan)

World War II

Sunday services aboard the British battleship, Prince of Wales. FDR and Winston Churchill sign the Atlantic Charter aboard this trip in 1941.
  • Pearl Harbor
  • Japanese American internment
  • Lend-Lease
  • The Four Freedoms
  • Wartime Conferences
  • FDR and Churchill
  • The Rise of Hitler
  • The Manhattan Project
  • D-Day
  • The Tuskegee Airmen
  • The Home Front
  • Propaganda Posters
  • The United Nations.