Unit 9: The Great Depression of the 1930s
Frameworks for America's Past

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Teacher Key - for Unit 9

Map - for Unit 9
Historical photo sets

1.  The impact of the Great Depression

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
History food feature
Spam - a famous food from the 1930s
Exploring further
From primary sources: FDR on the Great Depression
Videos and
Internet sites

Students: Check with your parents for permission before visiting Internet links.

The 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)

Mainly for teachers
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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