Ch 17: The Great Depression (1929-1940): Help and Review

About This Chapter

The Great Depression chapter of this AP U.S. History Help and Review course is the simplest way to master America's Great Depression of 1929-1940. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of the Great Depression.

Who's it for?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering AP U.S. history material will benefit from taking this course. There is no faster or easier way to learn AP U.S. history. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding the causes and efforts to end the Great Depression
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning history (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about the Great Depression
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra history learning resources

How it works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the Great Depression chapter exam.

Why it works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the Great Depression chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any question about the Great Depression. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students will review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in a Great Depression unit of a standard AP U.S. history course. Topics covered include:

  • The Wall Street Crash of 1929
  • The Great Depression under President Hoover
  • The first New Deal
  • The second New Deal
  • President Roosevelt's pre-World War II policy

21 Lessons in Chapter 17: The Great Depression (1929-1940): Help and Review
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
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.

The Legacy of the New Deal

6. The Legacy of the New Deal

In what was, until that time, one of the largest government spending projects in history, the New Deal drastically changed the American landscape. This lesson takes a look at the legacy of the programs of the New Deal.

Huey Long: Biography, 'Share Our Wealth,' & Assassination

7. Huey Long: Biography, 'Share Our Wealth,' & Assassination

Examine the life of the 'Kingfish,' Huey Long, former governor and Senator from Louisiana during the 1920s and 1930s. Then you can test your knowledge of Long, his career, and his assassination with a quiz.

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.

Popular Entertainment in 1930s America

9. Popular Entertainment in 1930s America

In this lesson, you'll learn about some of the ways in which Americans entertained themselves during the Great Depression, including some of the music, movies, and radio programs that provided a temporary escape from reality.

The Neutrality Act of 1935

10. The Neutrality Act of 1935

Learn about the Neutrality Act of 1935, why Congress created it, why President Roosevelt signed it, and what kind of an impact it had on the U.S. Then take the quiz and see what you've learned.

The Neutrality Act of 1937

11. The Neutrality Act of 1937

Learn about the U.S.'s Neutrality Act of 1937, which was supposed to keep the U.S. out of any more foreign wars. When you finish take the quiz and see what you've learned.

The Neutrality Act of 1939

12. The Neutrality Act of 1939

Read all about the Neutrality Act of 1939, how the Germans inspired it and how it led to U.S. involvement in World War II. When you're done, take the quiz to see what you've learned.

The Presidential Election of 1932: Summary & Results

13. The Presidential Election of 1932: Summary & Results

The presidential election of 1932 represented a clash between the conservatives and liberals. Learn how the major political differences between these ideologies affected the Great Depression and led to federal expansion in the nation's economy.

The Presidential Election of 1936

14. The Presidential Election of 1936

In the 1936 presidential election, Democratic incumbent Franklin D. Roosevelt faced an opponent named Alf and other radical candidates. Learn about the issues, outcomes, and significance of the contest, and test yourself with a quiz.

Black Tuesday: Definition, Facts & the Great Depression

15. Black Tuesday: Definition, Facts & the Great Depression

On October 29, 1929, the stock market collapsed, leading to a banking crisis and ultimately to the Great Depression. Learn how Black Tuesday precipitated and contributed to the greatest economic disaster of the twentieth century.

Howard Hughes & Women: Katherine Hepburn, his Wife & Girlfriends

16. Howard Hughes & Women: Katherine Hepburn, his Wife & Girlfriends

In this lesson, you will learn a little bit about the famous billionaire, aviator, and film producer Howard Hughes and his relationships with women. He was an infamous womanizer and carried on affairs with many of Hollywood's starlets.

Howard Hughes: Biography, Quotes & Plane Crash

17. Howard Hughes: Biography, Quotes & Plane Crash

Howard Hughes was a billionaire who built his reputation in Hollywood and the aviation business. He lived life in the fast lane, but became withdrawn and reclusive late in his life.

Women During the Great Depression

18. Women During the Great Depression

Women are known to be resilient in the face of adversity. The Great Depression proved to be a time of severe adversity for the whole nation. In this lesson, we'll discuss how women, specifically, survived and thrived during the Great Depression.

The Stimson Doctrine of 1932

19. The Stimson Doctrine of 1932

In the early 1930s, the Japanese government began an aggressive policy of expansion in Asia. After the Japanese invasion of Manchuria, the U.S. knew it had to take action. This lesson explains the background and main tenets of the Stimson Doctrine of 1932.

The Tariff of 1832

20. The Tariff of 1832

The Tariff of 1832 further divided the Northern and Southern United States over economic issues. This tariff, amongst other differences, laws, and compromises, would eventually lead to the Civil War.

Disney's Fantasia (1940): History & Characters

21. Disney's Fantasia (1940): History & Characters

You're probably familiar with some of Walt Disney's most iconic creations, such as Mickey Mouse, but how much do you know about his 1940 film 'Fantasia?' This lesson explores the history of the film and its feature characters and musical pieces.

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