Activity 5: New Deal Programs During the Great Depression
1. Read the section above entitled "Roosevelt and the New Deal" (pages 776-781 in the America Book) 2. Watch the video "Reading Through History: The New Deal" 3. Complete the research activity using any legitamate website except Wikipedia 4. Play the online game: Great Depression Jeopardy 5. If any time is remaining, review the website hyperlinked in the picture to the left (website has multiple pages and videos linked to it, please review all)
Activity 6: The Dust Bowl
`1. Read the section above entitled "Life in the Great Depression" (pages 782-789 in America Book) 2. Watch the video "Reading Through History: The Dust Bowl" 3. Complete the research activity using any legitamate website except Wikipedia 4. Visit the Interactive Dust Bowl Website and play the game, when finished click ALL the additional tabs at the top to view pictures, hear stories, etc... 5. If any time is remaining, review the website hyperlinked in the picture to the left
Activity 7: Great Depression Photo Analysis
1. Students will work in a small group setting to analyze key photos of the Great Depression Era 2. Click on this link to access the photo directory 3. Use the photo analysis sheet to guide your discussion and answer questions 4. If there is any time remaining, click on the picture to the left and explore the website
The Great Depression in NC
A written WPA report on an imaginary North Carolina resident who lived during the Reconstruction and Depression eras is the product of this assignment. Students must complete research of the American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1940, select an occupation for future research, and explore additional print and electronic sources. The "interview" must be historically accurate, support a thesis that answers the question, and include an appropriate sensory illustration. Click here for your worksheet
Immigration and Migration: During the Great Depression
Students address these questions through activities using oral history methods and investigating life in the 1930s. They compare the immigration/migration experiences of their families to those of people living through the Great Depression using interviews with parents, and photographs, films, and documents from the Library of Congress and other sources.
African Americans and the New Deal
Explore the struggle of African Americans during the Great Depression and the establishment of the Civilian Conservation Corps to answer this question: Does the Civilian Conservation Corps represent a significant improvement in policy toward African Americans? You'll take a position and defend it with evidence from primary source documents.
The Great Depression: Conversations with Elders Learning history from real people involved in real events brings life to history. This project provides a means to learn about the twentieth century from real people and primary sources. A 1913 newspaper provides a view of the world on the brink of a World War. An interview with a grandparent or significant elder provides a human face for life in the twentieth century. Through researching primary and secondary sources, students become conversant with significant aspects of twentieth century history.
The Great Depression Photo Essay
Gather depression-era photographs on the Internet. You'll assume the role of a Works Progress Administration (WPA) writer given selected photos and provide photo captions to complete a work that fits a thematic title.
FDR and the New Deal
Explore a historical narrative that presents key people, events, and issues related to this focus question: What did Roosevelt do to combat the Great Depression and what was controversial about what he did? Test your knowledge by answering practice, quiz, and application questions.
PBS: The Roaring 20's
The 1920s were an age of dramatic social and political change. For the first time, more Americans lived in cities than on farms. The nation’s total wealth more than doubled between 1920 and 1929, and this economic growth swept many Americans into an affluent but unfamiliar “consumer society.”
History Channel Presents "The Great Depression"
The Great Depression (1929-39) was the deepest and longest-lasting economic downturn in the history of the Western industrialized world. In the United States, the Great Depression began soon after the stock market crash of October 1929, which sent Wall Street into a panic and wiped out millions of investors. Over the next several years, consumer spending and investment dropped, causing steep declines in industrial output and rising levels of unemployment as failing companies laid off workers.
The FDR Heritage Foundation: The New Deal
The most alarming story of economic ignorance surrounding this New Deal era was the tax increases while the economy was faltering. According to economist Burt Folsom, FDR signed one of the most financially devastating taxes: “On April 27, 1942, he signed an executive order taxing all personal income above $25,000 [rich back then] at 100 percent. Congress balked at that idea and later lowered it to 90 percent at the top level.” The New Dealers completely ignored the lessons of the 1920s tax cuts, which just a decade before had unfurled an age of super-growth.
Notes, Organizers, Charts
Hoover vs. Roosevelt Notes
The New Deal Notes
The Great Depression Powerpoint
Presidents of the Era
Warren G. Harding
Political Party: Republican Home State: Ohio
Political Party: Republican Home State: Massachusetts
Political Party: Republican Home State: California
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Political Party: Democrat Home State: New York
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