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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
|The Great Depression: The Wall Street Crash of 1929 and Other Causes||Identify the causes of the Great Depression, including the stock market crash of 1929.|
|America During the Great Depression: The Dust Bowl, Unemployment and Cultural Issues||Describe 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 Events||Summarize the historical events associated with the development of the Hoover Dam.|
|President Herbert Hoover and the Great Depression||Explain how the Great Depression progressed under Herbert Hoover.|
|The Election of President Franklin D. Roosevelt: Events and Timeline||Discuss Roosevelt's struggle with polio and his election to the presidency.|
|Franklin D. Roosevelt and the First New Deal: The First 100 Days||Summarize the first 100 days of the Roosevelt presidency, including the First New Deal.|
|Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Second New Deal||Provide a summary overview of the Second New Deal.|
|Franklin D. Roosevelt's Foreign Policy Prior to World War II||Define President Roosevelt's foreign policy objectives as they evolved before World War II.|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Other chapters within the US History: Middle School course
- First Contacts in the Americas
- Settling North America & the Colonies
- The Revolutionary War
- The Making of a Nation after the American Revolution
- The Virginia Dynasty
- Jacksonian Democracy
- Everyday Life in Antebellum America
- Manifest Destiny & American Expansion
- Buildup to the American Civil War
- The American Civil War
- After the Civil War: Reconstruction
- American Industrialization of the Late 19th Century
- The Progressive Era of the Early 20th Century
- American Imperialism & World War I
- 1920s America
- America and the Second World War
- Post-War and the Cold War
- Civil Rights Movements in America
- America in the 1970s
- America in the 1980s
- America from 1992 to the Present