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The banking crisis
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 1.7
"Fireside chat" radio address by President Franklin Roosevelt, March 1933, explaining the banking crisis of that year and what his new administration was doing about it. Includes historical background and an explanation of bank runs and the banking crisis.
Format: speech/primary source
The Depression for farmers
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 1.3
Farmer's troubles began in the early 1920s, and helped cause the Great Depression -- which only worsened them.
Format: article
By David Walbert.
The economics of recovery and reform
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 1.8
Timeline of events, federal programs, and economic trends, 1933–1940, leading to the U.S. recovery from the Great Depression.
Format: timeline
The economics of the Great Depression
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 1.2
A timeline of events and economic trends, 1914–1933, that led to and worsened the Great Depression.
Format: timeline
The Great Depression and World War II
Primary sources and readings explore the history of North Carolina and the United States during the Great Depression and World War II (1929–1945).
Format: book (multiple pages)
The Great Depression: An overview
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 1.1
An overview of the economic causes of the Great Depression and why it grew from a downturn into a catastrophe.
Format: article
North Carolina History: A Sampler
A sample of the more than 800 pages of our digital textbook for North Carolina history, including background readings, various kinds of primary sources, and multimedia. Also includes an overview of the textbook and how to use it.
Format: (multiple pages)

Resources on the web

America in the 1930's
Devoted to the 1930's, this website explores the Depression era in American History through film, publications, exhibits, and radio broadcasting. Primary resouces including film clips and audio recordings lend to an authentic feel of the time period. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: University of Virginia
Weedpatch Camp
Information on Arvin Federal Government Camp, the migrant camp on which John Steinbeck based his 1939 novel The Grapes of Wrath, can be found on this site. There are images of the camp and personal reminiscences of those who lived through that... (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: Dust Bowl Historical Foundation