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The Depression

American History 1930 - 1939
Each section is written as a brief essay with web links so you may explore a topic further. Also included is a quick facts box about the 1930s with typical life expectancy, average salary among other interesting items.

The Wall Street Crash
The October 1929 stock market crash is explained and how it led not only America but the entire world into a Depression. It outlines Hoover's "rugged individualism" policy which kept the federal government from assisting citizens. It goes on to explain how the New Deal created jobs and restored people's confidence in the government.

Survivng the Dustbowl
Depicts well-chosen personal stories and photographs including one Kansas farmer's story of survival during many immobilizing dust storms. The site also explains the government's New Deal that was created to restore health to the country's weak economy. Highlighted yearly events and tragedies of the 1930s.

America: From the Great Depression to World War II
Library of Congress site provides access to thousands of photographs from the Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Collection that document the effects of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl in America through the beginning of World War II.

America in the 1930s
Site about American culture in the 1930s. Also has a "1930s Timeline", "Film", "On Air" links to discover the dacades advances in these areas.

New Deal Network
An educational guide to the Great Depression of the 1930s. Portal to public works and arts projects of the New Deal.

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