Ch. 34 - The Great Depression and New Deal

* Watch "America: The Story of US" Episode 9: Bust (Teacher's Guide)

  • A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn, Chapter 15: Self-Help in Hard Times
  • "The Radio Priest and His Flock" by Wallace Stegner (1930) from The Aspirin Age, ed. by Isabel Leighton - Father Coughlin
  • "The First Hundred Days of the New Deal" by Arthur M. Schlesinger (1933) from The Aspirin Age, ed. by Isabel Leighton
FDR: Politician in a Wheelchair (p. 777)
Creating Jobs for the Jobless (p. 783)
A Day for Every Demagogue (p. 785)
  • Watch Work Pays America: Part 1 (16:13 min.) and Part II (15:44 min.) - A short film from 1937 about "how the WPA's program of public works benefits both unemployed workers and American society."
Huey Long:
Father Coughlin:
Paying Farmers Not to Farm (p. 788)
Dust Bowls and Black Blizzards* (p. 789)
* PBS will be airing a new 2-part four-hour Ken Burns film, "The Dust Bowl" on November 18 and 19, 2012 at 8/7c.
If students haven't already done so, have them read "The Great Plains: Dust to Dust" by the Frank and Deborah Popper.
The Dust Bowl Migrants (p. 792)
Hobo Music:
London Challenges the Champ in 1936 (p. 797)
New York World's Fair - 1939-40
  • See World of Tomorrow from Envisioning the American Dream
  • See Welcome to Tomorrow
  • The Prelinger Archive has amazing color(!) amateur film footage of the 1939 World's Fair. Go to the Prelinger homepage and click on "A." Scroll about halfway down the page to "Amateur Film: Medicus Collection: New York World's Fair 1939-40" - there are 6 reels of footage in total.
  • Document-Based Question: Evaluating the effectiveness of New Deal programs
  • Dear Daddy: The Farm Letters - "In her 80s, Martha Linsley bought a small typewriter from Montgomery Ward, taught herself to type, and began to transcribe the hundreds of letters she, her children, and her husband James wrote to one another from June, 1932 to August, 1934. Their correspondence may very well comprise the most extensive written insight into the day-to-day lives of a family dealing with the challenges of the Great Depression."
* Aunt Molly Jackson - Biography, Library of Congress recordings



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