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Life During the Depression (11.2). 2 (e-g): The key concepts of continuity and change , cause and effect, complexity, unity and diversity over time. 3e . Analyze ideas critical to the understanding of American history.

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life during the depression 11 2
Life During the Depression (11.2)
  • 2 (e-g): The key concepts of continuity and

change, cause and effect, complexity, unity and

diversity over time.

  • 3e. Analyze ideas critical to the understanding of

American history.

  • 3f. Describe and analyze the historical development and

impact of the arts and

literature on the culture

of the United States.

daily life
Daily Life
  • people stood in bread lines for food
  • Families/individuals who couldn’t pay mortgage lost homes
  • Many wandered around the U.S. looking for work (hobos)
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Hoovervilles: - group of shacks put up the home- less on unused and/or public lands-also called shantytowns
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events that turned Great Plains into the “Dust Bowl”:1) Farmers tilled up natural prairie grass that held the soil’s moisture and planted wheat 2) Crop prices dropped in 1920s Result: many farmers didn’t plant crops, leaving the land exposed

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Events that turned Great Plains into the “Dust Bowl”: 3) 1932: drought hit region - rain that did fall turned soil to dust
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Effects of “Dust Bowl” on pop. in Midwest:1) farmers: lost fields and forced to move 2) Many people left Midwest and went to CA in search of a better life

discussion
Discussion
  • In your opinion, did those who left the Midwest find a better life in the location they moved to? Why/why not?
comic books
Comic Books
  • Began as re-prints of Newspaper comics
  • Late 1930s: “Superhero” genre was created
  • Superman (1938)
  • Batman (1939)
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Hollywood Factory Fantasy- Films made by Hollywood - Allowed people to forget about their stress/hardships of Depression for a few hrs. - (e.g. Snow White, King Kong, Wizard of Oz)

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Radio - Made entertainment more personable- Created a new type of community (strangers found common ground discussing characters’ lives on the radio)

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Literature & Photography1) John Steinbeck: The Grapes of Wrath - portrayed daily life of GD2) Dorothea Lange & Margaret Bourke- White - showed through pictures daily life of GD

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How ‘20s and ‘30s Different: - 1920s focused on both glamorous as well as the tragic- 1920s focused on the glory and disenchantment of society. - 1930s were more negative: focused on the hardships of society only