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11.6 Students analyze the different explanations for the Great Depression and how the New Deal fundamentally changed the role of the federal government. 

The Great Depression

The Great Depression was the worst economic downturn in US history. It began in 1929 and end until the late 1930's. 

By early 1933, almost 13 million were out of work and unemployed 

Herbert Hoover

The president of the U.S from 1923-1933 in the beginning of The Great Depression. He did not feel that the Government should get involved with peoples lives. 

Many people blamed him for not getting involved. 


shanty towns that the unemployed built in the cities during the early years of the depression; the name given to them shows that the people blamed hoover directly for the depression.

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Dust Bowl

Farmers were hit hard by the crisis. On top of falling prices for crops, a devastating drought in Oklahoma, Texas, and Kansas brought on a series of dust storms known as the Dust Bowl.


Franklin Roosevelt the president in 1933; his program to alleviate the problems of the great depression became known as the "new deal" 

The New Deal

“The New Deal” was a series of federal programs, public work projects, financial reforms and regulations enacted in the United States during the 1930s in response to the Great Depression. It helped those in need.

How it applies to us NOW

Some social reforms that are still in practice today are:

 1. Social Security Board 

2. Farm Credit Administration 

3. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)


Describe one major event during The Great Depression that was most interesting to you using 3-4 complete sentences.

In 2-3 complete sentences answer the following question:

"If I were alive during The Great Depression I would feel _____, because _____."