Ch 11: The Great Depression & World War II in America

About This Chapter

Review the causes of the Great Depression and the major involvement of America in World War II. The informative video lessons present the essential facts for this study, and the accompanying quizzes can measure your understanding.

The Great Depression & World War II in America - Chapter Summary

You've probably heard of the Great Depression, and may even have relatives or family friends who can tell stories about life during those times when money and necessities were extremely scarce. In this chapter, you can learn about the events leading up to this economic disaster. The lessons also explore the actions leading to the outbreak of World War II and describe what it was like in America during the war years. You'll learn about the following topics in this chapter:

  • The Wall Street crash
  • The Dust Bowl
  • Presidents Hoover and Roosevelt
  • The New Deal
  • The start of WWII
  • The Yalta and Potsdam conferences

The Great Depression & World War II in America - Objectives

This chapter on the Great Depression and the beginning of World War II can help prepare you to take the Regents Exam that you need to receive a Regents Diploma in the state of New York. The U.S. History and Government Exam is one of five exams that you'll need at least a score of 65 to pass. Part I of the exam contains 50 multiple-choice questions, Part II features a thematic essay question and Part III is a series of free-response questions and an essay question based on historical documents.

Each of the lessons in this chapter is accompanied by a multiple-choice quiz that can help prepare you for the type of questions you'll see on the Regents Exam. You can also use the written transcripts to quickly review key terms from each of the videos.

9 Lessons in Chapter 11: The Great Depression & World War II in America
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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.

World War II: The Start of the Second World War

6. World War II: The Start of the Second World War

Learn all about the start of World War II and why the League of Nations could not stop aggression by Italy, Germany and Japan in the 1930s, which led to the outbreak of this second global conflict.

The Attack on Pearl Harbor: The Beginning of American Involvement in World War II

7. The Attack on Pearl Harbor: The Beginning of American Involvement in World War II

On December 7, 1941, the Empire of Japan launched a surprise attack against Allied possessions in the Pacific, including the American military base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. After decades of conflict between the two nations, the U.S. declared war.

The United States During WWII: The Home Front

8. The United States During WWII: The Home Front

When the United States entered World War II in December 1941, life changed almost overnight for those on the battle front and on the home front. Learn about the war's dramatic and lasting effects on American government, economy and society.

The Yalta Conference and The Potsdam Conference: US Diplomacy & International Politics During World War II

9. The Yalta Conference and The Potsdam Conference: US Diplomacy & International Politics During World War II

Throughout the course of WWII, leaders of many Allied nations met many times to discuss strategy. Then, near the end of the war, two historic conferences shaped the post-war world.

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