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Ch 16: America and the Great Depression

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Watch video lessons and learn about the causes of the Great Depression, including how it unfolded under the administrations of Presidents Hoover and Roosevelt.

America and the Great Depression - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

The videos in this chapter are designed to show you what life was like in the United States during the Great Depression, which lasted from 1929-1940. At the beginning of the chapter, your instructor will explain some of the economic and political causes behind the collapse of the American economy, including consumer credit issues, lack of presidential leadership and the stock market crash of 1929. You'll also learn how President Hoover tried to use government expansion and protective tariffs to end the Great Depression as well as why these attempts ultimately failed and cost him the confidence of the American people.

The election of Franklin D. Roosevelt will be covered, including the dramatic number of legislative acts that were passed during his first 100 days in office. You'll also learn how America adopted an interventionist, rather than an isolationist, foreign policy under Roosevelt, which culminated with our entry into World War II. When you've finished watching the Great Depression videos and tested your own knowledge of this important period, you should have an understanding of the following:

  • The causes and consequences of the Great Depression, including how it evolved under Hoover and Roosevelt
  • The key accomplishments and failures associated with the Hoover presidency, including the Hoover Dam
  • The key accomplishments and policies of the Roosevelt presidency, including the New Deal and involvement in World War II
  • The cultural, employment and labor crises of the Great Depression

VideoObjective
The Great Depression: The Wall Street Crash of 1929 and Other CausesIdentify the causes of the Great Depression, including the stock market crash of 1929.
America During the Great Depression: The Dust Bowl, Unemployment and Cultural IssuesDescribe what life was like in America during the Great Depression, including those who were affected by ecological disaster and unemployment.
The Construction of the Hoover Dam: History of EventsSummarize the historical events associated with the development of the Hoover Dam.
President Herbert Hoover and the Great DepressionExplain how the Great Depression progressed under Herbert Hoover.
The Election of President Franklin D. Roosevelt: Events and TimelineDiscuss Roosevelt's struggle with polio and his election to the presidency.
Franklin D. Roosevelt and the First New Deal: The First 100 DaysSummarize the first 100 days of the Roosevelt presidency, including the First New Deal.
Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Second New DealProvide a summary overview of the Second New Deal.
Franklin D. Roosevelt's Foreign Policy Prior to World War IIDefine President Roosevelt's foreign policy objectives as they evolved before World War II.

8 Lessons in Chapter 16: America and the Great Depression
The Great Depression: The Wall Street Crash of 1929 and Other Causes

1. The Great Depression: The Wall Street Crash of 1929 and Other Causes

October 29, 1929, marked the beginning of the Great Depression in the United States. Learn about this event, including the factors that contributed to the collapse of the American economy.

America During the Great Depression: The Dust Bowl, Unemployment & Cultural Issues

2. America During the Great Depression: The Dust Bowl, Unemployment & Cultural Issues

The Great Depression was a period of economic hardship for a majority of Americans. Learn about the devastating conditions created by the Depression and the American response to the tragedy.

The Construction of the Hoover Dam: History of Events

3. The Construction of the Hoover Dam: History of Events

Though President Hoover did not end the Great Depression, one of his most well-known efforts, the Hoover Dam, remains important to many people's lives. In this lesson, we will learn why Hoover approved the dam and how it was constructed as well the dam's effects on the country.

President Herbert Hoover and the Great Depression

4. President Herbert Hoover and the Great Depression

During his tenure, President Herbert Hoover attempted to end the Great Depression. Learn about his various policies in dealing with the economic collapse and their overall impact on the Depression in this video lesson.

The Election of President Franklin D. Roosevelt: Events and Timeline

5. The Election of President Franklin D. Roosevelt: Events and Timeline

By 1932, the Great Depression was in full swing. Desperate, the American people turned to Franklin Delano Roosevelt. In this lesson, we'll learn who FDR was, how he won the presidency, and what his victory meant for the future of the country.

Franklin D. Roosevelt and the First New Deal: The First 100 Days

6. Franklin D. Roosevelt and the First New Deal: The First 100 Days

President Franklin Roosevelt's first New Deal program represented an aggressive legislative campaign to relieve American suffering and end the Great Depression. Learn more about the first 100 days of the New Deal.

Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Second New Deal

7. Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Second New Deal

President Franklin Roosevelt's second New Deal represented a more conservative approach to battling the Great Depression. Learn more about the program, including its legislation and legacy.

Franklin D. Roosevelt's Foreign Policy Prior to World War II

8. Franklin D. Roosevelt's Foreign Policy Prior to World War II

President Franklin D. Roosevelt's foreign policy focused on moving the United States from isolation to intervention. Learn more about Roosevelt's foreign policy on the eve of the Second World War.

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