The Great Depression: Experience the 1930s From the Dust Bowl to the New Deal

The Great Depression: Experience the 1930s From the Dust Bowl to the New Deal

In The Great Depression: Experience the 1930s from the Dust Bowl to the New Deal, readers ages 12 to 15 compare and contrast the America of today with an America that saw extreme unemployment, food riots, the Dust Bowl, the invention of the analog computer, and the first splitting of the atom.

  • The 1930s was a pivotal time in American history and has had lasting consequences on the consciousness of an entire generation of Americans.
  • Investigating previous events in the country’s history can help students understand the causes and effects of the most recent recession.

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  • Softcover, $17.95
  • Hardcover, $22.95
  • eBook, $12.95

Grade Level 7–9

Ages 12–15

GRL W

Subjects

  • Economics
  • US History
  • STEM - STEAM

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In The Great Depression: Experience the 1930s from the Dust Bowl to the New Deal, readers ages 12 to 15 compare and contrast the America of today with an America that saw extreme unemployment, food riots, the Dust Bowl, the invention of the analog computer, and the first splitting of the atom.

  • The 1930s was a pivotal time in American history and has had lasting consequences on the consciousness of an entire generation of Americans.
  • Investigating previous events in the country’s history can help students understand the causes and effects of the most recent recession.

Booklist Online Exclusive 
“. . . provides appealing and engaging support for American history students trying to make sense of the Great Depression . . . . glossary, vocabulary exercises, key questions, and suggestions for games, projects, and experiments, helps make this a useful research tool and teaching resource . . . .”

Chris Brick, Editor and Principal Investigator, Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project
“This new volume illuminates not just the economic crisis that the Great Depression unleashed, but the range of human responses that rose to confront it, and the fascinating politics, culture, and society that took shape as a result.”

Ronald Edsforth, Distinguished Senior Lecturer, Department of History, Dartmouth College
“This book presents a fine overview of America’s economic, political, social, and cultural history, 1929–1941. While it rightly defines these years as a time of widespread insecurity and poverty, the book also presents the stories of political leaders, businesses, and working people whose creative responses to the Great Depression made America a stronger, more prosperous, and more democratic society in the long run.”

Praise for Other books by Marcia Amidon Lusted:

Civic Unrest: Investigate The Struggle For Social Change

Michael Yell, National Board Certified middle school social studies teacher
“With its lively writing, investigations, role playing, and QR codes, Civic Unrest will have students immersing themselves in an exploration of ideas, events, and questions. This is social studies.”

Corey Joyce, 8th grade teacher
Civic Unrest: Investigate the Struggle for Social Change is an excellent overview of the historical and contemporary issues surrounding citizen driven advocacy for change throughout the world.”

Shea Territo, 13 years old, Parents of the Revolution
“As a child who is experienced on the subject of civic disobedience, I feel Civic Unrest is a great way for other kids to learn how to fight for their rights. It also has given me a fresh reminder of what has happened in the past, and what is happening in our world today.”

The Roaring Twenties: Discover the Era of Prohibition, Flappers, and Jazz

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“. . . Two aspects of the book stand out. First, the QR code links to primary source documents, photos, and film clips; and second, the Inquire & Investigate section of each chapter, which challenges students to compare and contrast events of that era with events that have occurred since that time. . .”

Library Media Connection
“This engaging and insightful read into the 1920s can be used as a supplementary textbook in an American History class. Lusted’s writing captures the decade, offering all its vitality with an encompassing overview of the era. As the narration gains its footing, the text flows seamlessly . . . a valuable addition to a library looking to update its history collection.”

Recommended

Anne Shaw, Director, 21st Century Schools
“. . . Nomad Press is one of the very best resources available to teachers for creating truly spectacular learning experiences for their students.”

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Genetics: Breaking the Code of Your DNA

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“What do dimples, a widow’s peak, and a cleft chin all have in common? Genetics! Beginning with a time line and an introduction to the study of heredity, this entry in the Inquire and Investigate series explains genetics in eight chapters that build upon one another. . . Each chapter concludes with easy-to-follow inquiry-based activities and experiments that emphasize the scientific method and help students understand the topic. Numerous cartoons, facts, and QR codes that link to videos add further interest. Although the book can be used independently, it will be better appreciated with some background knowledge. A solid resource that shows life science and biology students the practicalities and marvels of genetics.”

Forensics: Uncover the Science and Technology of Crime Scene Investigation

Winner of a 2013 Society of School Librarians International Honor Book Award
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“Like other titles in the Inquire and Investigate series, this book focuses on a high-interest topic in a cutting-edge field to reinforce young people’s understanding of the scientific method . . . an appealing and age-appropriate STEM resource.”

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Compare the Decades

In 2008, a recession took place in the United States that seemed to echo the Great Depression of the 1930s. Called the Great Recession, it was a time when unemployment spiked in 2008 and 2009 and many people lost their homes. How was this recession similar to the Great Depression?

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Marcia Amidon Lusted

Marcia Amidon Lusted has written over 80 books for young readers, many on historical subjects. As an assistant editor for Cobblestone Publishing and its award-winning history magazines, she has written widely on many different historical eras. Marcia lives in Hancock, New Hampshire.


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Tom Casteel

Tom Casteel is an illustrator and cartoonist with a master’s degree from the Center for Cartoon Studies. Tom has illustrated several books for Nomad Press, including Natural Disasters: Investigate Earth’s Most Destructive Forces with 25 Projects. He is working on his first graphic novel.



More Details

Grade Level: 7–9
Ages: 12–15
GRL: W
Subjects: Economics, US History, STEM - STEAM,
Specs: 8 x 10 , 4-color interior , 128 pages,
Includes: Table of Contents, Timeline, Charts, Glossary, Resources, Index,

Reviews

Booklist Online Exclusive 
“. . . provides appealing and engaging support for American history students trying to make sense of the Great Depression . . . . glossary, vocabulary exercises, key questions, and suggestions for games, projects, and experiments, helps make this a useful research tool and teaching resource . . . .”

Chris Brick, Editor and Principal Investigator, Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project
“This new volume illuminates not just the economic crisis that the Great Depression unleashed, but the range of human responses that rose to confront it, and the fascinating politics, culture, and society that took shape as a result.”

Ronald Edsforth, Distinguished Senior Lecturer, Department of History, Dartmouth College
“This book presents a fine overview of America’s economic, political, social, and cultural history, 1929–1941. While it rightly defines these years as a time of widespread insecurity and poverty, the book also presents the stories of political leaders, businesses, and working people whose creative responses to the Great Depression made America a stronger, more prosperous, and more democratic society in the long run.”

Praise for Other books by Marcia Amidon Lusted:

Civic Unrest: Investigate The Struggle For Social Change

Michael Yell, National Board Certified middle school social studies teacher
“With its lively writing, investigations, role playing, and QR codes, Civic Unrest will have students immersing themselves in an exploration of ideas, events, and questions. This is social studies.”

Corey Joyce, 8th grade teacher
Civic Unrest: Investigate the Struggle for Social Change is an excellent overview of the historical and contemporary issues surrounding citizen driven advocacy for change throughout the world.”

Shea Territo, 13 years old, Parents of the Revolution
“As a child who is experienced on the subject of civic disobedience, I feel Civic Unrest is a great way for other kids to learn how to fight for their rights. It also has given me a fresh reminder of what has happened in the past, and what is happening in our world today.”

The Roaring Twenties: Discover the Era of Prohibition, Flappers, and Jazz

Booklist
“. . . Two aspects of the book stand out. First, the QR code links to primary source documents, photos, and film clips; and second, the Inquire & Investigate section of each chapter, which challenges students to compare and contrast events of that era with events that have occurred since that time. . .”

Library Media Connection
“This engaging and insightful read into the 1920s can be used as a supplementary textbook in an American History class. Lusted’s writing captures the decade, offering all its vitality with an encompassing overview of the era. As the narration gains its footing, the text flows seamlessly . . . a valuable addition to a library looking to update its history collection.”

Recommended

Anne Shaw, Director, 21st Century Schools
“. . . Nomad Press is one of the very best resources available to teachers for creating truly spectacular learning experiences for their students.”

Other books in the series:

Genetics: Breaking the Code of Your DNA

Booklist
“What do dimples, a widow’s peak, and a cleft chin all have in common? Genetics! Beginning with a time line and an introduction to the study of heredity, this entry in the Inquire and Investigate series explains genetics in eight chapters that build upon one another. . . Each chapter concludes with easy-to-follow inquiry-based activities and experiments that emphasize the scientific method and help students understand the topic. Numerous cartoons, facts, and QR codes that link to videos add further interest. Although the book can be used independently, it will be better appreciated with some background knowledge. A solid resource that shows life science and biology students the practicalities and marvels of genetics.”

Forensics: Uncover the Science and Technology of Crime Scene Investigation

Winner of a 2013 Society of School Librarians International Honor Book Award
Booklist
“Like other titles in the Inquire and Investigate series, this book focuses on a high-interest topic in a cutting-edge field to reinforce young people’s understanding of the scientific method . . . an appealing and age-appropriate STEM resource.”


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Compare the Decades

In 2008, a recession took place in the United States that seemed to echo the Great Depression of the 1930s. Called the Great Recession, it was a time when unemployment spiked in 2008 and 2009 and many people lost their homes. How was this recession similar to the Great Depression?


Click here to download a print-friendly PDF

Author-Illustrator

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Marcia Amidon Lusted

Marcia Amidon Lusted has written over 80 books for young readers, many on historical subjects. As an assistant editor for Cobblestone Publishing and its award-winning history magazines, she has written widely on many different historical eras. Marcia lives in Hancock, New Hampshire.

author image

Tom Casteel

Tom Casteel is an illustrator and cartoonist with a master’s degree from the Center for Cartoon Studies. Tom has illustrated several books for Nomad Press, including Natural Disasters: Investigate Earth’s Most Destructive Forces with 25 Projects. He is working on his first graphic novel.