Students analyze the causes and effects of the Great Depression and how the New Deal fundamentally changed the role of the federal government.
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Describe the monetary issues of the late 19th and early 20th centuries that gave rise to the establishment of the Federal Reserve and the weaknesses in key sectors of the economy in the late 1920s.
Describe the explanations of the principal causes of the Great Depression and the steps taken by the Federal Reserve, Congress, and presidents Herbert Hoover and Franklin Delano Roosevelt to combat the economic crisis and mass unemployment.
Describe the human toll of the Depression, natural disasters, unwise agricultural practices, and their effects on the depopulation of rural regions and on political movements of the left and right.
Identify, with the use of a map, how different regions of the United States were affected by the Great Depression.
Trace the emergence of a “New Deal coalition,” consisting of African Americans, blue-collar workers, poor farmers, Jews, and Catholics.