Hoover and The Great Depression

Hoover and The Great Depression

The Cunning History Teacher’s Lesson Plan on Hoover and The Great Depression provides a comprehensive and engaging approach to understanding the solutions that President Herbert Hoover implemented in an attempt to combat the economic crisis of the 1930s. The lesson plan includes a wide range of sources, including primary documents, speeches, and contemporary news articles, that provide a nuanced view of the policies and actions taken by Hoover’s administration.

The lesson begins with an overview of the economic situation that faced the United States during the early years of the Great Depression. This includes a discussion of the factors that led to the stock market crash of 1929 and the subsequent economic downturn. The lesson then delves into the policies and actions that Hoover implemented in an attempt to combat the crisis, including the establishment of the Reconstruction Finance Corporation (RFC) to provide financial assistance to banks and businesses, and the passage of the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act, which aimed to protect American industry by raising tariffs on imported goods.

The lesson also covers the impact of Hoover’s policies on specific groups, such as farmers and the unemployed. The worksheet includes primary sources, such as speeches and news articles, which provide a firsthand account of the struggles and challenges faced by these groups during the Great Depression.

The lesson also provides an analysis of the points of view of political and religious leaders who were critical of Hoover’s policies. The worksheet includes primary sources such as speeches and news articles, which provide insight into the criticisms and opposition that Hoover faced during his presidency. These sources allow students to practice source analysis and understand the different perspectives on the policies and actions taken by the Hoover Administration.

Overall, The Cunning History Teacher’s Lesson Plan on Hoover and The Great Depression is an excellent resource for history educators looking to provide their students with a comprehensive and nuanced understanding of the economic crisis of the 1930s. The lesson plan includes a wide range of primary sources and encourages students to practice source analysis and understand the different perspectives on the policies and actions of the Hoover Administration. This is a great lesson for students studying the Great Depression, the policies of the Hoover Administration and understanding of the political, social and economic context of the era.

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Resource Information

Description:Student activities include short readings and source analysis.
Estimated lessons:1.
Ages14 years and up.
Format Word Document.

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