the Great Depression & New Deal

UNIT 5

Essential Understandings


  • Unregulated prosperity of the 20s, coupled with political inaction caused the Great Depression
  • The Great Depression led to an increased demand by common Americans for govt support
  • The expectations of the American people concerning government involvement changed as a result of the Great Depression and the New Deal

CAUSES of GREAT DEPRESSION

  • Tariffs and war debt policies cut down foreign market for American goods
  • Crisis in farm sector
  • Availability of easy credit
  • Unequal distribution of income

Effects of the Depression

Rural

Urban

Jobs

Minorities

Women

Children

Unemployment

Deportation (Europeans and Mexicans)

Repatriation

Dust Storm Approaching Stratford, TX

April 1935

CNN

Lessons from the Dust Bowl by CNN

Dorothea Lange: Photojournalism During the Depression

Lange was hired by the United States government to photograph the effects of the Great Depression. Her images reveal the reality of the lives of the poor during the Depression.
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Woodie Guthrie: Musician

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This Land is Your Land, end of the 1930s

As I went walking, I saw a sign there,
And on the sign there, it said “Private Property.”
But on the other side, it didn't say nothing!
That side was made for you and me.
In the squares of the city, in the shadow of a steeple,
By the relief office, I'd seen my people.
As they stood there hungry, I stood there asking,
Is this land made for you and me?

After the Crash: Eddie Cantor, comedian, "Tips on the Stock Market"

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Bonus Marchers in D.C

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New President, New Deal

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Gold Diggers of 1933 - "We're in the Money"