• The student understands the causes and global consequences of the Great Depression.
  • Analyze the financial, economic, and social causes of the Depression and why it spread to most parts of the world.
  • Assess the human costs of the Depression, and compare its impact on economy and society in different countries and economic regions of the world.
  • Analyze ways in which the Depression affected colonial peoples of Africa and Asia and how it contributed to the growth of nationalist movements.
  • Analyze how the Depression contributed to the growth of socialist and communist movements and how it affected capitalist economic theory and practice in leading industrial powers in Western countries.
  • Describe how governments, businesses, social groups, families, and individuals endeavored to cope with the hardships of world depression.


The Great Depression--Yesterday and Today

Analyzing the Great Depression

In teams, you will be asked to examine one of the following questions based on last night's reading:
1. What caused the Great Depression? Why was it a global problem?
2. How did governments respond to the problem?
3. What impact did it have on societies all over the world?
4. Why did it last so long?
5. What did we learn from it?

We are counting on you to compose thorough answers to these questions that we can upload to the wiki at the end of this activity for students to study. Please supplement your analysis with excellent, specific examples from your reading.

Overview of the Great Depression Lecture

Visualizing the Great Depression

While the Great Depression had serious impacts all over the world, it hit the U.S. especially hard for various reasons. It exposed the lack of a social safety net that could pick people economically back up after such a sudden, sharp fall. It also coincided with other trends that were going on within society that caused loss and displacement for millions: the Dust Bowl in the Great Plains states, the Great Migration of blacks all over the U.S., and overpopulation in boom cities and towns. People became inundated with images like the one in this photo essay, which made the problem even worse because no one had confidence to reinvest in the economy for years. When you take a look at the following photo essay, come up with an overarching thesis for it, and be ready to share your thesis and impressions with the rest of us.

Great Depression Photo Essay

Living the Great Depression Through Photos

Students will become story tellers by using primary source photos directly from the 'Great Depression.' You will become the person behind the lenses. As a story teller you will take on the persona of a character and verbally tell your story. You will use Voicethread as the tool to accomplish this task. Here are the directions to get set up:

1. Go to voicethread: phoenix.ed.voicethread.com (post here to share with everyone)
2. Log-in: macID username
Password: Mr. Spivey will give it to you in class.
3. Click on http://phoenix.ed.voicethread.com/share/1126209/ and ask to join. I will approve.

Criteria for Story:
1. Pick any picture. Try to spread your picks so that we have somewhat of a balance with our pictures.
2. At the begin state your first and last name as this site is protected from outside visitors.
3. Must be in first person.
4. Your response must have:
A) Intro with hook and thesis
i) Introduce your character to start off the "Photo Story."
ii) Explain why you took the photo.
B) Body with analysis and evidence
C) Conclusion with a deeper meaning.
5. Your response should be between 00:30 (thirty seconds) and 1:30 (minute thirty).

Another Great Depression...Today?

We have never heard more references to the Great Depression than today. Many are calling the current economic crisis, the Great Recession, because we learned so much about the Great Depression that we can hopefully keep the most terrible aspects of it from happening again, but not enough to correct the problem very quickly. This is a tricky topic to explain, so let's leave it to our friends at South Park to help us here. How did this happen anyway?

South Park Explains the Current Economic Crisis

Read p. 1-11 in Weimar Germany text (Blue Book)
Make sure to bring Weimar Germany books next class.