State whether you agree or disagree with the perception of Abstract Expressionism as exemplifying individualism and freedom. Explain the reasons for your views, including how this relates to John Cage’s musical compositions.


The Great Depression was a hard time in the economy history of the United States. During this time, the economy was hurting the general welfare of citizens. The Great Depression changed the role of the federal government. And they had to take a better role in supporting general welfare programs, but the states would retain some control in the management of these programs. The Great Depression had many contributing factors such as: the Stock Market Crash of 1929; national bank failures; traumatic consumer purchasing decrease; high tariffs on European imports; and drought conditions across the country (Green, 2003).


The Civilian Conservation Corp was the most admired programs of the New Deal because millions of people got jobs and went to work in America during the Great Depression (Biles,1994). The Civilian Conservation Corp focus on the unemployed people and the children that had a father not working.