Compare the Decades

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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The Statistics of Slaughter

The Statistics of Slaughter

From The Civil War

Paint the Oregon Trail

Paint the Oregon Trail

From The Oregon Trail

In the nineteenth century, many artists used the American West as a canvas for artistic expression—George Catlin, Frederick Remington, and Charles Marion Russell are some of the most well known. Art of the American West presented the artist's perspective of specific events and or locations. Whether the subject was a cowboy, Native American, or a landscape, the paintings often conveyed deep emotion.

Cook a Hoe Cake

Cook a Hoe Cake

From The Underground Railroad

The simple cornmeal pancake has long roots in America. It was George Washington's favorite breakfast. The dish gets its name from a flat pan called a hoe griddle. Enslaved people did not have this type of griddle. Instead, they baked their corn cakes on garden hoes in fires near the fields where they worked. Try your hand at cooking this staple of a slave's diet.

Explore Different Types of Government

Explore Different Types of Government

From The U.S. Constitution

Every form of government has key features and characteristics that define it. For example, in a democracy, the citizens vote on laws and policies, but in a totalitarian country, the ruling party makes all decisions about public and private life. In this activity, you will explore how different forms of government would impact your classroom or family.



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“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.”


Detailed Book Description

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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Includes: Table of Contents | Timeline | Charts | Glossary | Resources | Index
Specs: 8 x 10 size | 4-color interior | 128 pages
Subject: Social Studies
Content Focus: U.S. History



A Turbulent Time

Chapter 1
Boom to Bust

Chapter 2
Not a Job in Sight

Chapter 3
A New Deal

Chapter 4
A Dusty Disaster

Chapter 5
Quintuplets, Gangsters, and Monopoly

Chapter 6
Inventing the World of Tomorrow

Chapter 7
War and Recovery