The Alphabet Soup of New Deal Agencies
For use with the New Deal Lesson Plan and Alphabet Soup Chart

Copy and paste these terms to use in the poster activity. use the font size setting on your word processor to make the terms and definitions big enough to be seen from any point in the classroom. then have students post them on the posters with each agency's abbreviated name.


Inspect banks and insure depositor's accounts.

Roosevelt now said it was safer to keep your money in a reopened bank than under the mattress.


A law that paid farmers to grow less by farming fewer acres created it. This would increase farm prices.


Provided low cost farm loans.


Provided homeowners with low cost loans.


Helped businesses earn reasonable profits while workers earned decent wages.

The agency encouraged businesses to draw up rules of fair competition. These rules set prices, production quotas wages, and working conditions.


Provided funds for construction projects such a roads, dams, bridges, and warships. It helped businesses 
put people to work so that they had money to spend.


Employed thousands of young men in camps across the country improving public lands by planting trees, clearing trails, and fighting forest fires.


It improved the economy of the deep south by building dams and improving existing new so that electricity could be brought to the region. It provided flood control and a reliable supply of water for irrigation, drinking and recreation.

Provided jobs for young people.


Millions were put to work in construction projects such as schools, libraries, hospitals, roads, sewer systems, and airports. Musicians were hired to give lessons, writers and artists and actors were hired.


Set up by the Wagner Act, this agency strengthened the power of labor unions by outlawing unfair labor practices. Employers had to bargain with unions or keep workers from joining unions. The board watched over business to ensure collective bargaining.


It set up a form of insurance where employers and workers would pay the tax to cover unemployment benefits, old age pensions, programs for the blind, and for children of workers who had died. Domestic and farm workers had been left out of the bill that created the agency.

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