This thematic essay adheres to New York State Learning Standard 4- Economics, Intermediate Level, Key Idea #1. Additionally, this lesson plan corresponds with the National Social Studies Curriculum Standards thematic strand of power, authority, and governance.
This thematic essay is designed as an in class assignment to assess student learning when your study of the Great Depression is complete. Teachers should display Great Depression images in class for students to reference during their writing. Possible answers should include; state action, Hoovervilles, soup kitchens, local authorities, government regulation of business and banking, Social Security, the Wagner Act, psychological view of each President, etc.
Utilizing the Great Depression images as reference and your knowledge of United States history complete the following task.
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During the 1930s, millions of Americans experienced economic hardship. This era is known as the Great Depression. Caused by declining economic growth, stock purchases on credit/margin, corporate and individual overextension, governmental response of economic chaos varied depending who was in office.
Using specific examples, compare and contrast how President Hoover and President Roosevelt responded to the Great Depression through relief, recovery and reform. Evaluate whether their attempts were successful.