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Great Depression


The Great Depression Begins

$160 per month

1 session per week


Allison Bruning


Students will encounter a number of compelling personal voices in this course, voices telling stories about people's hardship and suffering during the Great Depression. Students will create a college using images that tell stories of the people they have meet in this courses. For each Personal Voice, students will choose an image that fairly represents the person's experiences. Students can make an image if they cannot find one on the internet, in magazines or in newspapers. 

Students should be ready to present their project to the class in the last session. 




13 - 18  years old




Session 1: The Nation's Sick Economy


Students will identify price support, credit, Alfred E. Smith, speculation, buying on margin, Black Tuesday, Great Depression, Dow Jones Industrial Average, and Hawley-Smoot Tariff Act. 

Students will identify the industrial weakness that signaled a declining economy of the 1920's. 

Students will summarize some of the basic difficulties faced by farmers in the 1920's. 

Students will analyze the experiences of industry, farmers and consumers in the 1920's and conclude what the findings suggest about the health of the economy during that time.

Students will analyze the history of the Dow Jones Average.

Students will explain the role greed played in the stock market crash.

Students will summarize the causes of the Great Depression.

Students will examine what happened to ordinary workers during the Great Depression. 

Students will analyze the global effects of the Great Depression. 


1) Complete Section 1 Assessment on page 649.

2) Read pages 650 - 654 in course textbook.

3) Start your course project. 

Session 2: Hardship and Suffering During the Depression


Students will review their homework.

Students will identify Dust Bowl, shantytown, soup kitchen, bread line and direct relief. 

Students will describe how the Great Depression affected the lives of ordinary people in cities, towns and farms. 

Students will examine how the African-American community was affected by the Great Depression. 

Students will summarize the effects of the Dust Bowl. 

Students will contrast the causes of homelessness during the Great Depression and today. 

Students will explain why so many men left their homes during the Great Depression.

Students will summarize how the Great Depression affected women and children. 

Students will summarize some of the long lasting psychological and social consequences of the Depression. 


1) Complete Section 2 Assessment on page 621.

2) Read pages 655 - 659 in course textbook.

3) Continue working on your course project. You will present your project in the next session. 

Session 3: Hoover Struggles with the Depression


Students will review their homework and present their course project.

Students will identify Herbert Hoover, Boulder Dam, Federal Home Loan Bank Act, Reconstruction Finance Corporation, and Bonus Army. 

Students will examine the life of Herbert Hoover.

Students will summarize some of Hoover's key convictions about government. 

Students will answer the following questions and use historical evidence to support their answers. 

1) Why did some people blame Hoover for the nation's difficulties?

2) What kind of federal assistance is proper and effective?

Students will analyze some of the projects proposed by Hoover, and how effective they were. 

Students will summarize the importance of the World's Colombian Expositions. 

Students will explain why the Bonus Army incident was so damaging to Hoover's image. 

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