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NCHS-8

The Great Depression and World War II (1929-1945)


1.  The causes of the Great Depression and how it affected American society

A.  The student understands the causes of the crash of 1929 and the Great Depression

B.  The student understands how American life changed during the 1930s

2.  How the New Deal addressed the Great Depression, transformed American federalism, and initiated the welfare state

A.  The student understands the New Deal and the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt

B.  The student understands the impact of the New Deal on workers and the labor movement

C.  The student understands opposition to the New Deal, the alternative programs of its detractors, and the legacy of the New Deal

3.  The causes and course of World War II, the character of the war at home and abroad, and its reshaping of the U.S. role in world affairs

A.  The student understands the international background of World War II

B.  The student understands World War II and how the Allies prevailed

C.  The student understands the effects of World War II at home


Resources:

New Deal Order
Resource Type: E-Seminar

Relevant pages:
Legacies
Legacies: New Deal Legacy
Timeline

Relevant texts:
Ask Alan Brinkley: Why did the role of government expand so rapidly and dramatically after World War II?
Ask Alan Brinkley: What role did the idea of an "American Century" play in the nation's response to World War II?
The full text of ”The American Century” by Henry R. Luce

Relevant transcripts:
"The American Century" was a phrase used to persuade Americans of their mission in the world.
Section from Franklin Roosevelt's second inaugural speech, from January 20, 1937, unedited. Poor sound quality is due to rain drops on the microphone.
If production were regulated, the economy would prosper.

The Subversive Fifties
Resource Type: E-Seminar

Key Figures
Resource Type: Primary Source
Franklin D. Roosevelt

New Deal Liberalism and Postwar Economic Growth
Resource Type: Document-Based Question
The primary sources in this DBQ help students explore the legacy of New Deal liberalism as American society is transformed during the 1940s and 50s. Economic, political, and social issues interact to simultaneously and paradoxically enhance and undermine government intervention in American society.

New Deal Liberalism and Postwar Economic Growth
Resource Type: Document-Based Question
The primary sources in this DBQ help students explore the legacy of New Deal liberalism as American society is transformed during the 1940s and 50s. Economic, political, and social issues interact to simultaneously and paradoxically enhance and undermine government intervention in American society.

New Deal Liberalism and Postwar Economic Growth
Resource Type: Document-Based Question
The primary sources in this DBQ help students explore the legacy of New Deal liberalism as American society is transformed during the 1940s and 50s. Economic, political, and social issues interact to simultaneously and paradoxically enhance and undermine government intervention in American society.

New Deal Liberalism and Postwar Economic Growth
Resource Type: Document-Based Question
The primary sources in this DBQ help students explore the legacy of New Deal liberalism as American society is transformed during the 1940s and 50s. Economic, political, and social issues interact to simultaneously and paradoxically enhance and undermine government intervention in American society.

Feminism: Two Different Spheres
Resource Type: Primary Source
Eleanor Roosevelt shakes hands with a resident of a dormitory for black women war workers (1943).

Feminism: Two Different Spheres
Resource Type: Primary Source
Woman works in her victory garden in Washington, D.C., during World War II.

Feminism: Two Different Spheres
Resource Type: Primary Source
Women war worker with child, World War II.


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