FDR cartoon “Sweeping Changes”, 1933

Incoming president Franklin D. Roosevelt took office at a troubled time in US history. Hoover had failed to fix the economic problems facing the nation.

This cartoon shows Uncle Sam and Hoover watching as Congress hands FDR a broom for making sweeping changes to the nation.

We have included a copy of the cartoon as well and questions and answers ready for your classroom use.

For more on this era check out our US History PowerPoint:

The Great Depression and the New Deal 

Classroom history games:

America in color photos, 1939-1943

The Library of Congress is a national treasure as far as we’re concerned. So many amazing resources for teaching students about the American experience over the years.

We came across this amazing online exhibit, Bound for Glory: America in Color, and wanted to highlight a few as well as providing the link to the entire exhibit.

Taken by photographers of the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information (FSA/OWI), there are 70 amazing images of the effects of the Great Depression and WWII available online.

For more resources on teaching this era check out our resources:

US History PowerPoints – 1930s | WW II Causes | WW II

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World History PowerPoints -

The 1930s

The Great Depression and New Deal characterized the decade and left a permanent mark on the American landscape both physically and psychologically.

Our 1930s PowerPoint details the major causes and events during the era.

We have included in this post a copy of some of the lecture terms and two crossword puzzles (puzzle 1, puzzle 2) linked to the lecture terms from the PowerPoint presentation.

National Housing Act, 1935

This newsreel-style video details the benefits of the National Housing Act for workers and the economy during the Great Depression. We are given a tour of a house built as a result of the program, which highlights the new innovations in construction. A couple interested in the home can now afford to buy as a result of the legislation.

This seems timely given the mortgage crisis we are facing.

Fireside chats

One of his first fireside chats, this 1933 video outlines the relief programs FDR was designing to rescue the US from economic crisis.

This 1938 fireside chat discusses the effects of the Great Depression in Europe and the loss of democracy as a means of motivating Americans to stay strong.

Major Causes of the Great Depression

This 26 slide mini-ppt reviews the major causes of the Great Depression. We have posted it on SlideShare for your convenience. You can download it from there, or from our Free Downloads page.

If you would like to see more on the Great Depression and New Deal, please check out our 177 slide PowerPoint on the 1930s.

Hoover’s thoughts on why the Great Depression occurred

We found this gem of a primary source document while researching for our World History WWII PowerPoint. We wanted to see what was being said by major US leaders about the stock market crash, Great Depression and its effect on the coming war.

Hoover wrote this letter as a sort of insurance plan in case the incoming president was less than truthful about the causes of the depression. He wanted the letter kept secret so that it would not exacerbate an already tenuous situation. This firsthand account provides insights into what he believed happened and was happening in 1933.

Hoover delineates five periods and explains the conditions that led to the collapse of the US economy. He also gives specific recommendations to solve it.

We have included some questions and answers, please feel free to use them if you’d like.

Stock market woes? Play the 1929 Great Crash game…

great-crash-cover-page1This game helps students understand the situation the US was facing on the eve of the stock market crash in 1929 by becoming investors in the Bull Market of 1928-1929 and in the Bear Market that followed, making and losing fortunes as industrial, rail, and utility stocks rise and fall in this simulation of the Wall Street frenzy. The Great Crash Game describes the unregulated environment of the stock market which led to the October 1929 stock market crash and the aftereffects.

Help students understand the current economic crisis and stock market fluctuations through playing a historical game.

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