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Ch 15: The Great Depression & New Deal (1929-1940)

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Watch short and engaging video lessons to learn more about the Great Depression and New Deal. You can gauge how well you understand the lessons with self-assessment quizzes and a chapter exam.

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

The Great Depression was one of the most significant periods in American history. This chapter takes a closer look at this period of time, as well as the impact of the New Deal. Lessons explore specifics of the years 1929 to 1940, including the Wall Street Crash of 1929, unemployment and President Hoover's attitude and response to the Depression. You can also examine the first and second New Deal from Franklin D. Roosevelt and his foreign policy before World War II.

Review the lessons by watching them in video format or reading transcripts with helpful vocabulary words. Quizzes are available to test how well you understand lesson concepts. If you answer any questions incorrectly, simply click the link next to the answer to revisit the related portion of the video lesson. After you've reviewed the materials, you should understand the following:

  • Factors that triggered the Great Depression
  • Unemployment, the Dust Bowl and cultural issues in America during the Great Depression
  • Policy, programs and reforms instituted by Roosevelt during the first 100 days
  • The second wave of initiatives during Roosevelt's presidency to combat the depression
  • How the New Deal changed the American landscape
  • Roosevelt's response to Adolph Hitler and other world powers

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The Great Depression: The Wall Street Crash of 1929 and Other Causes Analyze the Great Depression and its contributing factors, including the Wall Street Crash of 1929.
America During the Great Depression: The Dust Bowl, Unemployment & Cultural Issues Examine the Dust Bowl, unemployment and other cultural issues that impacted America during the Great Depression.
President Herbert Hoover and the Great Depression Learn about President Herbert Hoover's attitude and response to the Great Depression.
Franklin D. Roosevelt and the First New Deal: The First 100 Days Study Franklin D. Roosevelt's first 100 days of policies designed target the Great Depression.
Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Second New Deal Review Roosevelt's second wave of initiatives, also known as the second New Deal, which included more controversial social programs than the first.
The Legacy of the New Deal Explore the impact and legacy of Roosevelt's New Deal, the largest government spending initiative of its time.
Franklin D. Roosevelt's Foreign Policy Prior to World War II Discover the official position of Roosevelt and the United States with respect to Adolph Hitler.

7 Lessons in Chapter 15: The Great Depression & New Deal (1929-1940)
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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.

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.

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

7. 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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