The Great Depression


Texas Studies Modern Texas The Great Depression
Students view a photo of a family during the Great Depression and pose questions about it. Then they read a brief overview of the Great Depression. Next they examine how the Great Depression affected Texas, and they evaluate the photo from scene 1 in light of what they learned. Finally they examine WPA projects in Texas.

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Overview

In this experience, students view a photo of a family during the Great Depression and pose questions about it. Then they read a brief overview of the Great Depression. Next they examine how the Great Depression affected Texas, and they evaluate the photo from scene 1 in light of what they learned. Finally they examine WPA projects in Texas.

If you have access to leveled readers about the Great Depression, assign them to the students in parallel to this experience.

Estimated duration: 35-45 minutes

Vocabulary words:

  • leisure
  • wage
  • stock market
  • withdraw
  • mortgage
  • topsoil
  • agency

Objectives

  • Describe the ways in which the Great Depression affected American workers.
  • Analyze the social and economic impact of the Great Depression in Texas.


Engage


The first few decades of the twentieth century saw rapid economic development across the United States, including in Texas. It was marked by a feeling of modernity and change. New technology such as automobiles, movies, and radio brought a new form of leisure. Jazz and dancing became popular. However, the good times did not last. In this experience, you will learn about the Great Depression of the 1930s.

Objectives

  • Describe the ways in which the Great Depression affected American workers.
  • Analyze the social and economic impact of the Great Depression in Texas.

 

Look at the photograph, taken in 1939.


A mother and four children look sadly over the side of a pickup truck

Mexican family in Neches, Texas in 1939


In a single word, say how the photograph makes you feel.

Post your answer

Post a question that you have about the photograph.



Ask students: What do you think is the story behind the photograph?

According to the description at the Library of Congress site:

Mexican woman and children looking over side of truck which is taking them to their homes in the Rio Grande Valley from Mississippi where they have been picking cotton. They are being deported due to white trade unions wanting their jobs back. Filling station, Neches, Texas.


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