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Ch 6: The Great Depression (1929-1940)

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Watch online video lessons and learn about the different aspects of the period from 1929-1940, known as the Great Depression. These lessons are just a portion of our American history course materials.

The Great Depression (1929-1940) - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

The Great Depression is something most of us are familiar with. If you have older relatives who were born in the 1930s, chances are you have even heard stories about what life was like during this period in American history. You may have heard stories about how they had to be grateful for everything they had, from clothing to a roof over their heads, because many people went without even the basic comforts. These stories leave little doubt that times were quite tough during the Great Depression. You will learn more about the politics behind things and what events triggered this economic crash in this chapter. Some of the specific things you will learn about include:

  • The Wall Street Crash in 1929
  • Social tensions during the period
  • The Dust Bowl
  • The New Deal
  • The beginning of WWII and America's reaction

VideoObjective
The Great Depression: The Wall Street Crash of 1929 and Other Causes Examine what happened to cause the economy to crash.
America During the Great Depression: The Dust Bowl, Unemployment & Cultural Issues Study the impact the depression had on the country.
President Herbert Hoover and the Great Depression See what President Hoover did to try to cope with the economic issues.
Franklin D. Roosevelt and the First New Deal: The First 100 Days Take a look at the steps Roosevelt took once he took office to put an end to the Great Depression.
The Second New Deal: Social Programs and their Resistance Study this second wave of Roosevelt's attempts to stop the economic troubles.
Franklin D. Roosevelt's Second Term: Domestic & Foreign Policy Find out about domestic and foreign issues that started in 1937.
The Neutrality Acts: American Isolation from the Beginning of WWII Explore what was happening with the U.S. when WWII began.

6 Lessons in Chapter 6: The Great Depression (1929-1940)
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.

President Herbert Hoover and the Great Depression

3. 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.

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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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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