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Ch 16: America and the Great Depression - Middle School US History: Homeschool Curriculum

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The America and the Great Depression unit of this Middle School U.S. History Homeschool course is designed to help homeschooled students learn about how the Great Depression affected the country. Parents can use the short videos to introduce topics, break up lessons and keep students engaged.

Who's it for?

This unit of our Middle School U.S. History Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about events of the Great Depression. There is no faster or easier way to learn about the Great Depression in America. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about the New Deal, unemployment, foreign policy, the Hoover Dam and the Dust Bowl.
  • Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
  • Homeschool parents who need an U.S. history curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
  • Gifted students and students with learning differences.

How it works:

  • Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
  • Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
  • Short quizzes and an America and the Great Depression unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.

America and the Great Depression Unit Objectives:

  • Review some of the causes of the Great Depression, including the 1929 Wall Street Crash.
  • Learn about the major events that occurred during the Great Depression, such as high unemployment and the Dust Bowl.
  • Examine how the Hoover Dam was constructed.
  • See how the Great Depression affected Herbert Hoover's presidency.
  • Explore how President Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected and how he performed in office.
  • Study how President Roosevelt enacted the First New Deal and Second New Deal during the 1930s.
  • Look at the foreign policies developed by President Roosevelt before World War II.

8 Lessons in Chapter 16: America and the Great Depression - Middle School US History: Homeschool Curriculum
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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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