In this unit, students will develop an understanding of the effects of economic hardships on Americans during the Great Depression. The students will examine the programs set forth in the New Deal, and debate the question of whether government has a the responsibility or authority to intervene to establish social/economic programs to improve the quality of life for citizens. The students will also discuss how the use of mass media (the radio and Fireside Chats) helped to communicate the plans of the New Deal, secure public confidence it, and calm people’s fears.
Standards and Benchmarks
The student will understand basic principles of economic decision-making.
The student will understand business organizations, market structures, and financial institutions that operate within our economy. The student will understand the economic activities of government.
The student will understand the concepts that measure the national economy.
The student will acquire skills of chronological thinking.
The student will understand and analyze the economic, social, and political transition of the United States before, during, and after World War II.
The student will recognize the importance of individual action and character in shaping civic life.
The students will understand the economic causes and the social effects and hardships of the Great Depression.
The students will understand how the role of government changed through the New Deal.
What caused the Great Depression and how did it affect people’s daily lives?
How did the New Deal change the role of government and impact American lives?
How did “mass media” help to communicate information to the public and quell people’s fears?