Breadline, by Florence Converse
Another poem of the Great Depression.
The Impact of the Great Depression on Early Modernism
Includes the famous cartoon “October 29 Dies Irae” (Latin for 'Day of Wrath') about the Stock Market Crash, as well as an analysis of the iconic 1936 'Migrant Mother' photograph, and a link to the gospel song 'Everybody Needs a Prayer', which expresses the hopes and concerns of a troubled nation.
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1. Causes of the Depression
2. Daily life During the Depression
Impact of poverty (especially on children), rise of crime, role of cars, electricity, radio and cinema (see Wendy L. Lanier; David E. Kyvig)
3. The Dust Bowl and the Great Depression
: How did the development of the American Dust Bowl make Americans refugees in their own country?
: How important was the Dust Bowl issue during the Great Depression, and how effective were New Deal programs in alleviating the problem?
4. The New Deal
Investigate Aims, What ideas and actions were involved (see your textbook), Opposition to it, What it achieved (see Norman Lowe) and How effective it was (your textbook).
Significant programs: The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), and Works Progress Administration (WPA)
: In what ways did the New Deal permanently change the federal government's role in the affairs of the United States?
: Was the New Deal successful in ending the Depression in America, and what was its role in restoring public confidence and creating relief programs for Americans?
: Eric Rauchway (The Great Depression and the New Deal, Oxford University Press, 2008) states that 'The openly experimental, obviously fallible, always compromised quality of the New Deal programs and their progeny illustrated the imperfect nature of the democracy that they led to'. How can this comment be justified?
: See Historiography (i.e. how interpretations of the same events shift with time as a result of many different factors) of New Deal in Bruce Dennett and Stephen Dixon - later edition)
5. Impact of World War II on the New Deal
(see your textbook)
6. Impact of Historical Figures
7. Legacy / Results of the Great Depression
(Your textbook is a good starting point)
(see Gene Smiley; Linda and Charles George)
Rainbow's End tells the story of the stock market collapse in a colorful, swift-moving narrative that blends a vivid portrait of the 1920s with an intensely gripping account of Wall Street's greatest catastrophe. The book offers a vibrant picture of a world full of plungers, powerful bankers, corporate titans, millionaire brokers, and buoyantly optimistic stock market bulls. Then, in October 1929, came a "perfect storm"-like convergence of factors that shook Wall Street to its foundations, and was a turning point in history.
On October 29, 1929, more than 16 million stock shares were sold at the New York Stock Exchange, and by the end of November investors had lost more than $100 billion in assets. This book looks at the events that helped usher one of the grimmest periods in American history.