Experiencing the Great Depression in Rural America
This assignment provides you with the opportunity to experience first-hand accounts of the affect that the Great Depression had on rural America. While those living in urban centers struggled with the drastic changes that occurred after Black Tuesday, some would argue that the affect on farming communities was more devastating. Keep in mind that the seeds of the Depression were sewn on Wall Street and in falling agricultural prices. The latter led many farmers to default (stop paying) loans which in turn resulted in the closure of rural banks.
Your resource for this assignment is a series of video interviews collected, and posted, by the Wessels Living History Farm in York, Nebraska*. The text that accompanies the videos is an equally valuable resource in learning more about the effects of the Depression. You will utilize both to complete this assignment.
The videos are in the Quicktime format and require a fast Internet connection. If you are unable to view these videos at home please visit me during tutorial in room 405. Make the most of your classtime to view the selected videos and write up your notes at home.
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There are numerous videos on this site that relate to the Great Depression. The full list is available here.
Copy and paste these questions into Microsoft Word and type your responses.
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