Surviving the Depression—1930-1939

Unit of 3 Lessons
Grade Levels: 
9
10
11
12
Subjects: 
Media / Technology
Philanthropy
Social Studies
Issue Area: 
Civil society
Focus Question 

 What can we learn from diverse people today and in history about private action for the common good? 

 

Photo Credit:  The Causes of The Great Depression / FDR Memorial Site by Tony Fischer is licensed under CC by 2.0

Unit Overview 

Through primary documents, students read about the impact and importance of philanthropy during The Great Depression in bringing the country back to its original strength and building community capital. Students learn about economics and daily life, and identify solutions that brought the country out of the Depression. 

Service Experience 
Students will create a school display of national foundations, showing their present mission and projects.
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
Surviving the Depression—1930-1939
Lesson 3 of 3
Grades: 
9
10
11
12

Students will discuss the solutions implemented by President Roosevelt during the Great Depression. They will analyze why the solutions were able to be implemented over time and allow for a successful resolution to the depression. The role that philanthropy played in this success will be central to the discussion.