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Great Depression Social E ffects : A Lesson Using Pictures & Student Reflection. 1929-1941. The Great Depression. 1929-1941 25% unemployment 50% for African-Americans Franklin Delano Roosevelt (D) elected in 1933 Begins New Deal Changes role of government

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Great depression social e ffects a lesson using pictures student reflection

Great Depression Social Effects: A Lesson Using Pictures & Student Reflection

1929-1941


The great depression

The Great Depression

  • 1929-1941

  • 25% unemployment

    • 50% for African-Americans

  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt (D) elected in 1933

  • Begins New Deal

    • Changes role of government

    • Before, government believed its job was to support business

    • After, government took an active role in the welfare (health) of its people

      • Social Security

      • Unemployment

      • Later: medicaid, free reduced lunch


Great depression social e ffects a lesson using pictures student reflection

Using data from the chart, answer the following in complete sentences:

  • What causes unemployment?

  • How could federal spending help?


Hoovervilles

“Hoovervilles”

  • What kinds of materials are the Hoovervilles made of?

  • If you lived in a Hooverville, what might you do to improve your life?

  • If you lived in a Hooverville, what might you do to improve safety and order in the Hooverville?


Soup and bread lines

Soup and Bread Lines

  • What is ironic about this photograph? What two things are not alike?

  • What point of view is the photographer attempting to communicate?

  • Why do you think African Americans suffered the highest unemployment rate, of 50%, during the Great Depression?

African Americans waiting in a soup line for food


Applying for a job

Applying for a job

  • All of these men are applying for one job. What does this picture tell you about the number of jobs available?

  • As an employer, how might having large amounts of unemployed people help you?

  • As an employer, what traits would you look for in a possible employee?


Unemployment

Unemployment

  • How did people try to survive?

  • Do these scenes remind you of anything today?


Agriculture

Agriculture

  • How was agriculture affected by the dust bowl?

  • What caused the dust bowl?


Migrants

Migrants

  • Millions of Americans picked up and left their farms for the west coast. They flooded California for farm jobs. There were few jobs, but thousands willing to work. What advantage did this provide for the farmers in California?

  • How do you think communities and police reacted to the flood of jobless and homeless families entering their towns? Why do you think so?

  • What kinds of risks do you think the over 4 million migrants faced?


Labor unions

Labor Unions

  • What advantage did a sit down strike provide for strikers, as opposed to picketing?

  • What additional dangers did strikers encounter during the great depression, as opposed to times of prosperity?

A sit down strike in Flint, Michigan. The United Auto Workers (UAW) union discovered that GM was going to move operations to less unionized areas in order to pay workers less.


Families

Families

  • Did suicides climb or decline during the depression? What factors may have motivated this?

  • What factors do you think influenced the divorce and fertility rates?

  • How would you summarize the depression’s impact on families?


Depression journal

Depression Journal


Writing your journa l

Writing your journal

  • Pick and answer two of the questions as one of the following:

    • Man or Woman

    • White, Black, or Latino

    • Working Class: Farmer, Laborer, small business

    • Upper Class: Owner, banker

      • You should sound like you live there!

  • How have you, and your family been affected by the depression?

  • What is the role of government in the lives of people? What should it do or not do?

  • How has the depression increased tension between different races and social classes?

Who are you?

What are you writing?


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