| Unit 9: The
Great Depression of the 1930s
Frameworks for America's Past
on the links below -
The impact of the Great
2. The causes of the Great Depression
3. The Dust Bowl and migrant farm workers
4. Franklin Roosevelt and the New Deal
5. FDR's New Deal programs:
5a. Federal work programs
Example: WPA - Works Progress Administration
5b. Farm assistance programs
Example: AAA - Agricultural Adjustment Administration
5c. Environmental improvement programs
Example: CCC - Civilian Conservation Corps
5d. Increased rights for labor (workers)
Example: National Labor Relations Act
5e. Social Security
Example: The Social Security program
||Spam - a famous food from the 1930s|
||From primary sources: FDR on the Great Depression|
Students: Check with your parents for permission before visiting Internet links.
Great Depression begins
- segment from The Century:
America's Time - Stormy Weather (1 of 3). Watch from 3:00 to 14:58.
FDR and the New Deal - segment from The Century: America's Time - Stormy Weather (2 of 3). Watch from 11:00 to 14:59.
The New Deal continues, but Hitler rises in Germany - segment from The Century: America's Time - Stormy Weather (3 of 3). Watch from 9:10 to 13:58.
The Dust Bowl (The video is part of the America: The Story of US series from the History Channel. The segment from 18:55 to 29:18 in this episode dramatizes the story of the terrible drought in the 1930s across much of the Great Plains.)
Dow Jones Industrial Average interactive chart (see graphs of this stock index going back as far as 1915)
10 Things Kids Learned During the Great Depression (a collection of great old photos online.)
Works Progress Administration (WPA) (a short video about one of the New Deal programs designed to create jobs during the Great Depression)
FDR visits a CCC camp in Virginia (a short video)
In the Mood (a video of the Glenn Miller Orchestra playing this jazz standard)
Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing) (a video of two middle school age kids dancing to a famous big band hit of the 1930s)
||America: The Story of Us TV mini-series, Episode 9, "Bust," has several good video segments for this unit, including a brief overview of the stock market crash, bank failures, and the Dust Bowl. This widely praised production originally ran on the History Channel. Less than $20 on Amazon for the 3 DVD set.|
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