Lesson 1 (from The Politics of Hard Times)
The Politics of Hard Times
In "The Politics of Hard Times," Leuchtenburg sets a basic stage for Roosevelt's presidency but does not go into a great deal of detail about the social and economic conditions the precede the Great Depression. Students will study the Roaring 20s and the 1929 meltdown in order to better understand the situation facing America at the time Roosevelt takes office.
1. Small groups: Students will divide into groups of 4 or 5 to discuss what they already know about the Roaring 20s. Groups should make a list of the information they come up with. Students should scan the first half of "The Politics of Hard Times" for statistical information on the economic situation to include in their lists.
2. Historical Background: Students will watch a video or read a summary about the Roaring 20s to fill in any gaps in their knowledge about the era...
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