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Disaster and Government Response

The Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, and the New Deal

Key Learning Targets

Students will:

  • Discuss how the concepts of “home” and “work” were promoted both by the federal government and individuals during the 1930s.
  • Identify and analyze the different needs of the country during the 1930s, ranging from migrant farmers to slum neighborhoods in large urban centers. 
  • Identify and analyze strategies that the federal (United States) government used in response to the economic crisis of the Depression and the agricultural disaster of the Dust Bowl.
  • Explain how the Greenbelt Projects came into being, and the underlying philosophy of this project in developing cooperative communities for low-income working families.
  • Recognize the role photographs play in helping shape opinion and ideas.
  • When shown examples of photographs taken of migrant farmers and displaced workers, explain how an image can be used to present a particular message.

Grade Level

High School

Classroom Connections

Earth and Space Science
English Language Arts
U.S. History

Curriculum Snapshot

  • 1930s Dust Bowl and the Greenbelt Plan of Roosevelt’s New Deal

Video Connection



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