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A Depressing Decade

Wednesday November 30, 2011

Today we will be moving forward to chapter 21–the Great Depression. This is the era of American History that falls between the two World Wars. Just a review: after the Allied victory in World War I, America entered the 1920’s as the most powerful industrial nation on earth. The decade immediately following WWI was one of general prosperity and “good feelings” in America. The economy was growing, people were working and many new consumer products were being introduced that made life easier. In history, we know this decade as the Roaring Twenties.

But the economy of the Roaring Twenties can be described as a “bubble.” It was growing and growing while containing some inherent flaws that would eventually lead to the bubble bursting. This is where we come to the Great Depression. In your reading, you will read about how the Stock Market grew in importance to the American economy during the 1920’s, but also became the start of a decade of economic declinethe Great Depression. You will learn some of the reasons for the coming of the Depression, what life was like during the Depression Era and how government tried to deal with it prior to the election of Franklin Roosevelt.

Here is your new Guided Reading: Ch. 21 (Sec. 1) GR – The Great Crash  (This includes all 3 sections of chapter 21).

We will be working in groups on Wednesday completing assigned portions of this assignment. I will be checking your thesis statements for the paper (due Friday) during the period.


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