Surviving the Depression—1930-1939
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
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.
Students will be introduced to life during the Great Depression by looking at primary source pictures taken during the 1930s.
Students will view life during the depression through primary source interviews with individuals who lived during these hard times.
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.