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Discuss what were the causes of the Great Depression?


What were the causes of the Great Depression?

Please do not blame the stock market crash of 1929, it was a symptom not a cause.


part 2

Question 1

  1. Match the following people or groups to their significance.
1  This scholar is noted for coining the term “New Negro” in reference to the rising cultural progression of African Americans.
2 This charismatic personality inspired the controversial UNIA and its most public role in society: the Black Star Line.
3 Poet whose prose inspired an expression of racial pride, no matter how greater society acted.
4 Novelist, whose volumes include Their Eyes Were Watching God.
5 American Ex-Patriot living in France whose son fought and died for France in WWI. Wrote “A Son at The Front” looking at the WWI and how it was being fought.
6 Boxer who lived a real-life “Rocky” story; rising from a brawler to becoming the “people’s champ”
7 His novels, including Main Street, boast the less than progressive experiences in the American Midwest at the turn of the 20th century.
8 His most noted volume, The Grapes of Wrath, describes the perils of the Dust Bowl with a backdrop of suffering during the Depression.
9 This American icon is credited with the construction of the first major industrial Assembly line
10 Arguably the most celebrated author of the era, his masterpiece The Great Gatsby remains a staple of required reading, but his This Side of Paradise spoke of a disillusioned generation.
11 Outspoken feminist and pro-choice advocate whose efforts put the once taboo topic of contraception into the public sphere for discussion.
12 Known for his vices as much as his literary contributions, this author’s method of describing the Human condition, in volumes such as The Sun Also Rises, continue to make him a bestseller.
A. Margaret Sanger
B. Langston Hughes
C. Harold Grange
D. Jack Dempsey
E. Edith Wharton
F. Ernest Hemingway
G. F. Scott Fitzgerald
H. Henry Ford
I. Alain LeRoy Locke
J. William Faulkner
K. John Steinbeck
L. James Weldon Johnson
M. Zora Neale Hurston
N. Marcus Garvey
O. Sinclair Lewis



Question 2

  1. Match the following people or groups to their significance.
1 One of the more simplistic deals, this was an early attempt to employ basic everyday labor for preservation projects.
2 As farmers were among the hardest hit by the Depression, this program loaned money to agricultural workers.
3 To help inspire a higher cost for common foods, this program paid farmers to reduce crop production in order to decrease supply and increase demand.
4 One of the last parts of the New Deal, this somewhat controversial plan increased the efficiency and influence of the Executive Branch.
5 Though the amount of incentives has kept pace with the times, this program still insures commercial banks and patrons today
6 Still a major part of the national infrastructure, this program oversees and supplies hydro-electric power to the mid part of the nation.
7 A regular part of the nightly news cast, this agency continues to regulate the stock exchange and protect investors.
8  Perhaps one of the most controversial programs in the New Deal, this federal stipend provides assistance to persons unable to work.
A. Civilian Conservation Corp. (CCC)
B. Agricultural Adjustment Admin. (AAA)
C. Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC)
D. Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
E. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
F. Reorganization Act (RA)
G. Social Security Administration (SSA)
H. Federal Farm Mortgage Corp. (FFMC)
I. United States Housing Authority ( U.S.HA)
J. Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)




Question 3


You are an African American soldier just coming home from fighting in France during World War I. Explain what life was like for you serving in the United States Army. What was your job, where did you live, how did the French, as well as those you served with, treat you? What was life like for you when you returned to the United States (where did you live, did you have a job, and did you go to school)?


Your response should be a minimum 200 words in length.




Question 4

  1. You are an American citizen in the time period of this unit. Write a brief letter to a citizen of another country that the United States is expanding to during this time period. Share why, from your perspective, this expansion is good. In the letter explain why the United States taking on an imperial position is bad from your perspective. Include the issues of expansion, foreign policy (specifically the shift from isolationism to intervention helped the U.S. become a superpower), and trade as well as other areas of interest to you.

    If it is easier, you may write several short letters.

    Your response should be a minimum 300 words in length.




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