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Disaster and Government Response

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

Prerequisite Knowledge

  • Understand American history up to the United States’ significant involvement in World War II (1942).
  • Understand the hardships brought about by the drought in the plains of the United States, and the location and ravages of what is referred to as the “Dust Bowl” period in the 1930s.
  • Understand the hardships brought about by the economic depression that hit the United States in the 1930s following the stock market crash in 1929.
  • Articulate the intentions the Roosevelt Administration’s New Deal, and have a general idea about New Deal programs.
  • Have a general understanding of the Farm Security Administration, and its efforts to relocate farmers, workers, and sharecroppers to more fertile farmlands.
  • Understand that this period marked the emergence of picture magazines and print material where widespread audiences could encounter the photographs.

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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