Thursday, 10 April 2014

History 12-1: Finishing the Depression in the USA

Today we created a timeline for the USA in the 1920s and 30s so that we could plot some of the main events and also so we could track the changes in the unemployment rate and the budget deficit.  Here is a copy:
Blue shows debt; red shows unemployment: remember these
dates as the are key to a paragraph response on this topic.
We also watched two short videos, one on the CCC and one on WPA.  We noted the propagandistic tone of the second (that came from that era: if the government is going to spend our money, it wants to get credit for it).  We must note that the New Deal really was a game changer as far as the role of government is concerned in the U.S.A.  Remember, however, that this change occurred in many other western countries too.

Tomorrow we will examine India between the wars.  So that you have a context, please read Howarth pp. 71-72 and pp. 202-204.

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