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4-H and Home Demonstration during the Great Depression
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 2.8
4-H and Home Demonstration, dating from the early twentieth century, were established to instruct children and women in agricultural practice and home economics.
Format: article
By Amy Manor.
4-H Club girl showing off Canned Goods
4-H Club girl showing off Canned Goods
This black and white photograph shows a 4-H club girl standing in front of an open floor-to-ceiling cupboard that has six shelves filled with canned goods. The girl holds two canning jars in the crook of her left arm and is reaching for another jar with her...
Format: image/photograph
4-H club members participating in family recreation on the Stanly County Farm and Home Tour
4-H club members participating in family recreation on the Stanly County Farm and Home Tour
In this black and white photograph, two children are crouching in the dirt, playing. The little girl in a gingham dress is shooting marbles into a circle that's been drawn out. The boy, who is wearing overalls is leaning back against a tree looking at something...
Format: image/photograph
4-H club members playing ring-around-the-rosie at camp
4-H club members playing ring-around-the-rosie at camp
In this black and white photograph, a group of little girls play Ring-Around-the-Rosie outside in grass while a taller girl looks on. In the background in a brick building with large shrubs partially concealing it from view.
Format: image/photograph
Bank run
Bank run
Crowd at New York's American Union Bank during a bank run early in the Great Depression. The Bank opened in 1917 and went out of business on June 30, 1931.
Format: image/photograph
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
"Begging reduced to a system"
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 3.4
WPA life history of a North Carolina family living on welfare during the Great Depression. Includes historical commentary.
Format: interview/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
The Bonus Army
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 1.5
In 1932, in the depths of the Great Depression, thousands of World War I veterans set up camp in Washington, D.C., to lobby Congress to pay them their army bonus early. The Army dispersed them violently, and the public outcry contributed to President Hoover's failure to win reelection that year.
Format: article
Bonus marchers and police battle in Washington, DC
Bonus marchers and police battle in Washington, DC
Original caption read, "'Bonus Marchers' and police battle in Washington, DC. The marchers came to Washington, DC, to demand their veterans 'bonus' payment early from Congress. After several months of camping near the Anacostia River and after several confrontations...
Format: image/photograph
Canning for country and community
In this lesson plan, students will use primary source documents to evaluate the technological challenges of food preservation in the 30s and 40s, compare food preservation in the first half of the twentieth century with today, and consider the political role of food in the community.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Melissa Thibault.
Children standing near cars at Lake Waccamaw encampment
Children standing near cars at Lake Waccamaw encampment
This black and white image show several young boys and girls standing in a yard by 1930s era cars or buses while their mothers watch from the porch of a two-story house. The boys are wearing knickers and “newsboy” caps.
Format: image/photograph
Civilian Conservation Corps
Civilian Conservation Corps
Members of the Civilian Conservation Corps work to control the Malibu fire near Angeles National Forest, California, in 1935.
Format: image/photograph
Crowd outside New York Stock Exchange, 1929
Crowd outside New York Stock Exchange, 1929
A crowd gathers outside the New York Stock Exchange after the 1929 stock market crash that would spark the Great Depression.
Format: image/photograph
Dairy judging teams at work during the 1932 [4-H] Short Course; the barn stood on the site of the present-day [Reynolds] Coliseum.
Dairy judging teams at work during the 1932 [4-H] Short Course; the barn stood on the site of the present-day [Reynolds] Coliseum.
In this black and white photograph, several teams are lined up judging cattle. Team members are wearing light-colored summer clothing and appear to have assigned roles. Some are bent over inspecting cattle characteristics. Some are observing. Others are recording...
Format: image/photograph
Dental hygiene
Dental hygiene
This black and white photograph shows a dark-haired boy with a freckled face. A dentist is standing to his side holding the boy's mouth open with dental tools to show rotten teeth.
Format: image/photograph
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
Franklin Delano Roosevelt's first inaugural address, 1933
Audio recording of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's first inaugural address, delivered 4 March 1933.
Format: audio/speech
General statement of Sherlock Bronson
In Tobacco bag stringing: Life and labor in the Depression, page 1.6
Virginia-Carolina Service Corporation General Office 1413-15-17 East Franklin Street Richmond, Virginia April 13, 1939. Hon. Graham A. Barden, House of Representatives, Washington, D.C. Dear Mr. Barden: Upon my return to Richmond after my interview with you...