Ch.25 Great Depression

The prosperous times of the 1920s had hidden problems.  These problems came out in the open in 1929 when the nation's economy crumbled.  The New Deal was President Roosevelt's way of dealing with the Depression.  The New Deal actively involved the government in social and economic concerns and created programs, such as the Social Security system, which still affects us all today.

Students will begin by exploring the stock market crash and the major causes of the Depression - an unbalanced economy, credit crisis, international depression, and joblessness and poverty.  We will then discuss President Hoover's response to the crisis, which was to not have the federal government get involved but instead look to voluntary action by private citizens and local government to help turn things around. 

Students will then gain an understanding of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's political career and how he came to be president.  We will see how FDR took charge during the First Hundred Days of his administration and was able to pass the first set of New Deal programs to get America working again.  We will also look at the second New Deal and FDR's court-packing scandal.  The New Deal did not cure all of the nation's problems, but it did start to put America back on to the road to recovery.  Ultimately, it would take the second World War to pull us out of the Depression. 

Students will analyze what life was like for the American people during this time.  We will discuss primary source letters written by American citizens to Mrs. Roosevelt, primary source photographs from around the country, and primary source songs.  Students will examine the hardships of the Dust Bowl and the new trends in entertainment.  Finally, students will debate the New Deal and discuss the effects of the Great Depression.

Throughout the chapter, students will be "playing the stock market" and gaining an understanding of how our economy works.



* Playing the Stock Market - Completed in class throughout the chapter

* Letter to President Hoover - Due Monday, 3/4
  - After reviewing the causes of the Depression, and President Hoover's response to the situation,
    students will write a letter to the president discussing their opinion of his decisions and offering
    solutions.
  - Letter should be in correct letter format and body paragraphs should be in MEL-Con format

* Assessing the New Deal Persuasive Paragraph - Due Monday, 3/11
  - Was the New Deal effective or did it give the federal government too much power?
  - Use resources provided in class for supporting details

* Chapter 25 Test - Tuesday, 3/19
  - Study guide can be downloaded below


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