Unit 18a: The Great Depression

Migrant Worker and Child

Unit 18a High School

Unit Overview

Subjects Covered
Grammar, Literature, Composition, History
Time Period
Modern
Grade Level
High School: 9 – 12
Civilization
American
Literature
Animal Farm – by George Orwell

Nervous Crowd in front of the NY Stock Exchange 10/29/29

Unit Description

“Once I built a railroad, I made it run. I made it race against time.
“Once I built a railroad, now it’s done. Brother, can you spare a dime?”
– Lyrics by E. Y. “Yip” Harburg

At the end of the 1920s, the United States boasted the largest economy in the world. With the destruction wrought by World War I, Europeans struggled while Americans flourished. Upon succeeding to the presidency, Herbert Hoover predicted that the United States would soon see the day when poverty was eliminated. Then, just as America reached a moment of apparent triumph, everything fell apart. The stock market crash of 1929 touched off a chain of events that plunged the United States into the longest, deepest economic crisis of its history.

Leading Ideas and Biblical Principles

  • Happiness and success is not found in the gathering of wealth.
    • To the man who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner He gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. — Ecclesiastes 2:26

Resources:

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The Stock Market Crash of 1929

The Effects of the Stock Market Crash

The Repercussions of the Stock Market Crash

Arts: