In a few words, how would you describe the Great Depression?
The Great Depression was a severe economic downturn that lasted from 1929 to 1939. It was the longest and most severe depression ever experienced by the industrialized Western world, with effects felt worldwide. Millions of people were left unemployed and many more were unable to find enough food to feed their families.
The Great Depression
Black Tuesday: October 29, 1929, the day when the stock market crashed, signaling the start of the Great Depression. Hoovervilles: Temporary settlements of the homeless during the Great Depression named after President Herbert Hoover. Dust Bowl: A period of severe dust storms causing major ecological and agricultural damage to American and Canadian prairie lands in the 1930s.
During the Great Depression, the average U.S. household income was only around $1,500/year. The Dust Bowl of the 1930s was a period of severe dust storms that caused major ecological and agricultural damage in the US and Canadian prairies. In 1932, the U.S. government established the Home Owners' Loan Corporation to help struggling homeowners keep their homes during the Great Depression.
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What economic circumstances led to the Great Depression?
What were the impacts of the Great Depression on everyday Americans?
What can we learn from the Great Depression about responding to economic crisis?
What strategies do you think could have prevented or lessened the impact of the Great Depression?
Brain break: Draw a six-legged octopus wearing a pair of high heels and a bowtie kidnapping a pizza slice.
Question: In what ways did the Great Depression impact everyday life? Clues: • People lost their jobs and homes. • Many banks and businesses closed. • The stock market crashed. In pairs: Select and solve one of the tasks: A. Research the effects of the Great Depression on people in different parts of the U.S. B. Create a visual representation of how the Great Depression changed the lives of people.
In which year did the Great Depression begin?
What was the trigger for the start of the Great Depression?
- The stock market crash of 1929
- World War I
- The presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt
What term was used to describe makeshift communities that sprang up during the Great Depression?
Which country was hit hardest by the Great Depression?
- United States
During what decade did the Great Depression end?
Work together in pairs: What were some of the major causes of the Great Depression?