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The Great Depression

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The Great Depression



Essential Questions

  • Was the Great Depression inevitable?
  • Was the New Deal an effective response to the depression?
  • Did Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal weaken or save capitalism?
  • Did Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal undermine the constitutional principles of separation of powers and checks and balances?
  • Did minorities receive a New Deal in the 1930s?
  • Do labor unions and working people owe a debt to the New Deal?
  • Did the New Deal effectively end the Great Depression and restore prosperity?
  • Has the United States abandoned the legacy of the New Deal?



Study Guides

21.1  The Great Crash

21.2  Americans Face Hard Times

21.3  Hoover as President

22.1  Launching the New Deal

22.2  The Second New Deal

22.3  Life During the New Deal

22.4  Analyzing the New Deal


Migrant Mother

Dorothea Lange and her photo, Migrant Mother

Who was this "Migrant Mother"?



Online Books

Children of the Dust Bowl: The True Story of the School at Weedpatch Camp




Uncle Pete Stormy Weather video questions


Dust Bowl Refugees (Music and Pics)


Stories From the Great Depression (National Archives)



Political Cartoons of FDR and the New Deal


Sweeping Changes
By Morris in the
Hoboken Observer






Confidence in Doctor
By Kaiser in the
Houston Post





Fast Worker
Batchelor in the
New York News





What a Man
By Harding in the
New York Journal





Furnish the Court...Assistance,

2/6/37, by Elderman in the

Washington Post





By Elderman in the
Washington Post





Step by Step
By Warren in the
Buffalo News





Qualifying Test
By Brown in the
New York Herald-Tribune




The Shadow is There
By Costello in the
Albany News




Statement by Frank E. Gannett, of Gannett Newspapers

Regarding President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s

Attempt to Pack the Supreme Court




Old Time Radio Broadcasts! Click the radio!



Newspaper Headlines from Back in the Day!

     The Great Crash!  October 29, 1929; Appleton Post Crescent

     The Bonus Army Marches on Washington, D.C.  May 1932

     The Bonus Army Is Forcibly Removed  July 1932

     The Hindenburg Explodes!! May 7, 1937



Sweet Links!

      America in the 1930s!  

     Current Unemployment; Nationwide and By State

     Foreclosure Rates, Unemployment Rates, and Median Household Incomes (current)

     The Poverty Line (2009)

     Unemployment Rates by State

     New Deal Timeline

     Weedpatch Camp...Today!


iPod Apps for the Great Depression Era!

     "Great Depression Numbers" FREE!

     "USA 1930s-40s"  $2.99

     "John Steinbeck" (author) $.99

     "The FDR Years"  $.99

     "iQuotable FDR"  $.99

     "FDR's New Deal"  $1.99

     "Franklin Roosevelt"  $1.99

     "Franklin D. Roosevelt"  $2.99   

     "Monopoly"  $2.99 

     "Radio Spirits" Old time radio!! FREE!!

     "OTR Streamer" Old time radio!! FREE!!

     "The Twilight Zone" FREE!!



Comments (Show all 57)

h. molash said

at 11:37 am on Jan 7, 2011

mr. coonen you should put a link on the wiki that guides us to making our own wikis just in case some people who want to make them that cant stay after school can at least try to make it them selves
~Hailey P.S. I took the test in the library today so I guess im caught up from the days I missed school..

Kory J Coonen said

at 9:17 pm on Jan 11, 2011

Hailey, That's a great suggestion!! Perhaps, I'll do that! Got your test. Thank you! :)

Dakota Bemowski said

at 8:40 pm on Jan 7, 2011

Kory J Coonen said

at 9:19 pm on Jan 11, 2011

I watched it. Highly entertaining. All they need to do is add two more presidents! :)

Dakota Bemowski said

at 8:40 pm on Jan 10, 2011

I shall now start calling most people chipmunk.. . . .. .Now fear my kittyness (look at pic)

Kory J Coonen said

at 9:20 pm on Jan 11, 2011

Dakota, in my world, kitties and chipmunks get along. I hope the same is true in yours! :) How are things going? Keep doing your best!

r. coats said

at 8:42 pm on Jan 11, 2011

Mr. Coonen... i just looked at my grades on Family Access and it shows me that im missing chapter 18 test and study guides and i handed them in before christmas break to the library!!! So... please let me know what is going on with those scores!!! Thanks, Becca!!!

Kory J Coonen said

at 9:18 pm on Jan 11, 2011

Got it, Becca! Thanks for the heads up! Those scores will be entered tomorrow (Wednesday). Glad you're checking in on your progress! :)

r. coats said

at 4:56 pm on Jan 12, 2011

Thanks Alot

Kory J Coonen said

at 9:36 pm on Jan 12, 2011

No...thank YOU! :)

r. coats said

at 7:37 am on Jan 13, 2011

yup lol :)

Dakota Bemowski said

at 8:43 pm on Jan 12, 2011

Mr. Coonen tell people that if they want to talk too me they can go to my wiki and i have a chatango there.

Kory J Coonen said

at 9:37 pm on Jan 12, 2011

I will tell them, Dakota. How are things going at....uhm...where are you, again????

Dakota Bemowski said

at 7:20 am on Jan 13, 2011

i am at wisconsin rapids junior high school

Kory J Coonen said

at 12:31 pm on Jan 13, 2011

Ah...that's right! So...how are things going up there?

Dakota Bemowski said

at 4:45 pm on Jan 13, 2011

alright but i have to walk 1.1 mile from school to get to my house

m. casper said

at 9:55 pm on Jan 13, 2011

. . .

Dakota Bemowski said

at 7:07 am on Jan 14, 2011

What? its true

Em Hanson Rocks! said

at 11:06 pm on Jan 14, 2011

I wish wikis had a "like" button. The posts are....entertaining to read. :P

whs said

at 11:13 am on Jan 23, 2011

Em, that's a great idea! Hmm....mabye a "like" button (or the equivalent) could be added!

k. mcadow said

at 10:01 pm on Jan 18, 2011

Hey this is Kristin. I have some comments on the political cartoons. Well, here they are: #1 I think this one means during the New Deal people began to grow in confidence because of all the programs that helped them. The train symbolizes the confidence zooming along. #2 I think this one means if FDR gets reelected he is going to "sweep" up all of our problems with the New Deal. THis cartoonist must have been in favor of FDR. #3 I'm not sure about this one but I think it means many were hesitant to Roosevelt's New Deal programs and didn't think they would work. So, they tried to slow down the passing of some of his programs. #4 I'm not really sure about this one either buy I think it means when Roosevelt wanted to make drinking beer legal again Congress was very surprised? #5 Roosevelt was trying to pull everyone along and together to get his programs passed, so the people could be helped. He was the leader of the people in the Great Depression. #6 I think this one means we need to trust Roosevelt's new programs because he will help us get through the Great Depression (in the cartoon, I think the Great Depression is the illness) Where did you get these old cartoons?

k. mcadow said

at 10:02 pm on Jan 18, 2011

sorry that was really lonng

whs said

at 11:13 am on Jan 23, 2011

Kristin, thanks for putting effort into interpreting these political cartoons! I think you are right on target with your explanations!! I've added the extra credit to your latest test. Nice job!

whs said

at 11:14 am on Jan 23, 2011

whs said

at 11:15 am on Jan 23, 2011

kristin, there are oodles of political cartoons on the Internet....and you'll be seeing more of them 2nd semester! Fun, right?!! :-D

c. boehnlein said

at 10:49 pm on Jan 18, 2011

Hi this is Chris. Here are my comments for the political cartoons. #2 I think this one means that FDR is going to try and sweep away our problems and try to help the poor and not just the rich like he claims that Roosevelt did. #6 I think this one means that we need a good leader to patch up all of the bad things that happened dueing the Great Depression. Thats why FDR is in a docters suit. #8 I think this one means that he is trying to pull away all of the problems that were caused during the Great Depression. He is trying to help all of the people who dont have jobs or trying to make the banks stronger. #4 I think this one means that he wants the amendement of proibition to be taken away because he can make money off beer. Many business can make alot of money making beer and it will help the farmers. The government can put a tax on beer so they can make tons of money. Thats all I got

whs said

at 11:16 am on Jan 23, 2011

Great job, Boehner!! Get ready for lots more political cartoons in the second semester! I've added the extra credit to your latest test. Very cool that you took the time to comment on the wiki!

m. berndt said

at 6:32 pm on Jan 19, 2011

Hello Mr.Coonen this is Megan Berndt. Here are my thoughts on the cartoons...#1 I think it means when FDR came in with his new ideas and the new deal people started having confidence in the US again because there was help coming.The train shows how fast people started having confidence again and (i think i read it right) the guy falling over is how the people were before..depressed and had no confidence. #6 I think this one means that people were trusting FDR to help them through the depression and they had to trust he his ideas would have good outcomes (even though some may not always). #2 I think this one means something about when they re-elect FDR there would be changes in the US and he would "sweep" up the problems people faced from the great depression. Well there ya go!

whs said

at 11:20 am on Jan 23, 2011

Very interesting interpretations, Ms. Berndt! I agree with a lot of what you wrote. I will add the extra credit to your latest test when I get back to school on Monday. By the way, did you construct your own wiki over the weekend?!

s. france said

at 8:00 pm on Jan 19, 2011

hey mr.coonen this is skylyr, here are my thoughts on the cartoon. when it says confidence in a doctor is half the battle. what that means is when you vote for the president and then he gets elected half the battle is getting past bad and in the long run you are able to work things out as in what chris said FDR is going to patch things up.

whs said

at 11:21 am on Jan 23, 2011

Skylar, yes...confidence is half the battle..whether we're talking about the Great Depression or our personal lives. Nice job! I'll add the extra credit to your latest test!

s. france said

at 8:21 pm on Jan 19, 2011

i watch a banjo duel and it was very insperational when the kid and the adult both were playing the banjo and then it ended up both of them playing really really fast. it touched my heart it was very cool. i hope to watch that full movie again i asked my dad about that movie and he still knows it. i asked him when we can watch it and he said soon so im hoping that i can watch very soon that would be cool well i got to go mr.coonen well have a good one bye.

whs said

at 11:23 am on Jan 23, 2011

Hey Skylar, Thanks for the message! I'm not sure what banjo duel you're talking about, but it sounds pretty darn cool! What movie are you talking about?...the banjo duel or Grapes of Wrath?

Dakota Bemowski said

at 9:51 pm on Jan 19, 2011

Mr. Coonen can you add my chatango page to your front page

whs said

at 11:18 am on Jan 23, 2011

Dakota, I don't know what you mean. Explain, please...

Dakota Bemowski said

at 11:55 am on Jan 23, 2011

its hard to explain not being there in person.

m. casper said

at 8:10 pm on Jan 22, 2011

Mr coonen here's the link to my (official) wiki: http://itsnotafashionstatement.pbworks.com/w/page/35273649/FrontPage

whs said

at 11:23 am on Jan 23, 2011

I signed your wiki! Nice job, Miranda!!

Mitchel said

at 10:11 pm on Jan 24, 2011

Mr. Coonen, how do I make a seperate link from my home page, so i can make a seperate page for football, basketball, NCAA BBall, NCAA Football and more?

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