K-12 Teaching and Learning From the UNC School of Education

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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.
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
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.
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
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...
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
The Great Depression: Impact over time
In this lesson students listen to oral history excerpts from Stan Hyatt from Madison County and evaluate how the Great Depression affected one North Carolina family over time.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
Grooming in 1930s North Carolina
Using primary source materials, this lesson plan provides a glimpse into the lives of girls and women from the 1930s and will give students the opportunity to study what was considered attractive for the time, how the Depression affected grooming practices, and the universal concept of healthful living.
Format: article
By Pauline S. Johnson.
"He never wanted land till now"
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 3.7
WPA interview with an elderly African American man about his experiences during the Great Depression. Includes historical commentary.
Format: interview/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
Health and beauty in the 1930s
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 3.8
Pamphlet produced by the North Carolina Agricultural Extension Service in 1939, explaining rules and guidelines for grooming for teenage girls. Includes reading questions.
Format: pamphlet
Herbert Hoover and the Great Depression
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 1.4
Article about Herbert Hoover's unsuccessful attempts as President to stop the country's slide into economic catastrophe.
Format: article
The lasting impact of the Great Depression
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 3.12
Oral history interview with a Madison County, North Carolina, man about how the Great Depression affected his family and community long after the economic downturn ended. Includes historical commentary.
Format: interview/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
Letter activity one
In Tobacco bag stringing: Secondary activity two, page 2
The following excerpt is from a letter from Mr. Sherlock Bronson, a lawyer and president of Virginia-Carolina Service Corporation, to the Honorable Graham Braden, a member of the U. S. House of Representatives. It was written March 16, 1939. The...
Format: lesson plan
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Letter activity three
In Tobacco bag stringing: Secondary activity two, page 4
On April 13, 1939, Mr. Sherlock Bronson wrote a "General statement of Sherlock Bronson of the circumstances and conditions under which the survey of industrial conditions in the tobacco bag stringing area was made, and certain conclusions therefrom" and sent...
Format: lesson plan
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Letter activity two
In Tobacco bag stringing: Secondary activity two, page 3
Read the three short letters of March 31, 1939, April 1, 1939, and April 7, 1939. Who wrote each of...
Format: lesson plan
By Pauline S. Johnson.