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"A Capitol Hill May Day Parade," May 1, 1933

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Cartoon depicting FDR’s first 100 days.
Courtesy of National Archives, Berryman, Clifford, "A Capitol Hill May Day Parade," 1 May 1933


President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's first "Hundred Days" were characterized by a flood of legislative proposals designed to alleviate the problems resulting from the Great Depression, namely high unemployment, feeding the hungry millions, restoring business confidence and solving the banking crisis. Cartoonist Clifford Berryman captures the frenzy of the "Hundred Days" as several legislators and a page, loaded with new legislation, sweat as they trudge from the House to the Senate.

Source-Dependent Questions

  • How does Clifford Berryman use imagery to show the pace of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s first 100 days?
  • What was Berryman's perspective on Roosevelt’s work based on how he characterized the representatives? How does this compare with his representations of the of Hoover administration?
  • How does this use of imagery support or refute Roosevelt's claims in his 1936 campaign speech

Citation Information 

Berryman, Clifford, "A Capitol Hill May Day Parade," 1 May 1933. Courtesy of National Archives