• How Herbert Hoover became a scapegoat for what ailed the economy at the beginning of the Great Depression and why his “rugged individualism” failed to work.
• How Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered a “New Deal” to the American people that aimed to ease the effects of the depression through government programs and agencies that provided direct government relief, recovery and reform.
• How and why the New Deal and some of its agencies and programs were opposed by a variety of individuals and groups (e.g., U.S. Supreme Court, Huey Long, Francis Townshend and Charles Coughlin)
• To what extent the New Deal fundamentally changed the nation’s political and economic systems.
• How and to what extent domestic programs proposed by Democratic presidents after Franklin Roosevelt extended the relief, recovery and reform efforts of the New Deal (e.g., Fair Deal, New Frontier and Great Society)
· How rampant speculation in the stock market led to the “Black Tuesday” crash of October 29, 1929 and the global impacts of the crash.
• How and why the Great Depression occurred in the United States and the extent to which it affected the livelihood and fortunes of various Americans.
• How and to what extent Franklin D. Roosevelt and his “New Deal” eased the economic effects of the depression through direct government relief, recovery efforts and reform.
• How the economic circumstances of the Great Depression influenced patterns of migration and settlement.
• How the onset of the Dust Bowl influenced the displacement and migration of “Okies” during the Great Depression.
• How and why American culture continued to flourish during the Great Depression.
• How the onset of the Dust Bowl influenced the displacement and migration of “Okies” during the Great Depression and how that migration impacted those groups and the United States.
• How people who lived during the Great Depression reflected on the conditions and turmoil of the era (e.g., Such As Us, John Steinbeck and The Grapes of Wrath, Richard Wright’s Native Son, Studs Terkel and Hard Times,).
Reconstruction Finance Corporation
"trickle down" economics
income gap/uneven distribution of income
Buying on margin
"Second New Deal"
Father Charles Coughlin
Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC)
Agricultural Adjustment Act (AAA)
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
National Industrial Recovery Act (NIRA)
Public Works Administration (PWA)
Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)
Works Progress Administration (WPA)
National Labor Relations Act (Wagner Act)
"priming the pump"/deficit spending/Keynesian economics
Guided Reading #1
Depression/New Deal WS #1
New Deal Opposition DBQ
DustBowl Sheg Lesson (docs)
Questions and graphic organizer for above
New Deal SHEG Lesson (Was New Deal Success or Failure?)
Construction of the Blue Ridge Parkway (NYTimes article referencing "primitive" mountain folk)
What Should Be Done to Cure the Depression? (great group activity and self-discovery as to political values)
New Deal Programs Overview
Top Ten New Deal Programs
The New Deal in NC (lesson plans included)
Cinderella Man viewing guide
Grapes of Wrath Viewing Guide