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GENESEE ACADEMY SOCIAL SCIENCE

LESSON 25/26

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The Great Depression

Page by: GLENN BRONSON, 2005

The events of the 1930 were some of the greatest tests of the United States government to date.  The American way of life took a dramatic change after 1929.  Why did the stock market crash in 1929?  What effect did the Great Depression have on the election of 1932?  What did the Presidents, Hoover and Roosevelt, do to stabilize the economy?  Were their efforts effective?  Describe some of the hardships citizens endured during this time.  What role did entertainment play in the depression? Examples.  How did labor benefit from the depression?

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Terms
breadlines
lodging houses
Langston Hughes
Tenant Farmers
The Grapes of Wrath
The Dust Bowl
The sick industries
Hoovervilles
Black Tuesday
Walter Reuther
Fireside Chats
TVA
New Deal
Bank Holiday
 
 
Additional Reading and Questions
Launching the New Deal (American Issues 22.1)
1. Who is Roosevelt referring to when he says "Money Changers"?
2.  What were the two safeguards the Nation required in order to protect itself from the "evil's of the old order"
3. What is Roosevelt asking the citizens of the U.S. to do?
4.  In one sentence, summerize each paragraph in Roosevelt's speech.

AP EXAM QUESTIONS
2002 FORM B, PART C
Question 4
How successful were the programs of the New Deal in solving the problems of the Great Depression? Assess with respect to TWO of the following.
Relief
Recovery
Reform
2003 FORM A, PART A
Question 1
Analyze the responses of F.D. Roosevelt's administration to the problems of the Great Depression.  How effective were these responses? How did they change the role of the federal government?
(Use the documents at http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/history_us/samp.html?ushist and your knowledge of the period 1929 to 1941 to answer the question.)
2004 FORM A, PART C
Question 4
Compare and contrast the programs and policies designed by reformers of the Progressive era to those designed by reformers of the New Deal period.  Confine your answer to programs and policies that addressed the needs of those living in poverty.
 

 
 
 
 
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