America: The Story of Us: Episode 9 (Bust) - Great Depression Video Guide

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Video study guide for Episode 9: Bust of America The Story of Us. Movie guide comes complete with answer key. Questions follow the film in same order.

Episode 9: Bust

In October 1929, the economic boom of the 1920s ends with a crash on Wall Street. Between 1929 and 1932, $2 billion in deposits evaporate. The American Dream has become a nightmare. The stock market crash coincides with the start of the Great Depression. Unemployment rises to more than one-fourth of the workforce and as confidence in US banks disintegrates, bank closures sweep the nation. On the Great Plains, economic difficulties are compounded by natural disaster. Years of intensive ploughing and severe drought dry out the land. Vast dust storms fill the skies and drive people west. Inaugurated in the depths of the Depression, new President Franklin D. Roosevelt starts to turn things around. The New Deal and public works projects aim to save America from despair and destitution. The construction of the Hoover Dam and Mount Rushmore employs thousands of men and signals recovery and hope for the future. However, world conflict is brewing in Europe, and it is brought home to Americans by the symbolic boxing match between Joe Louis and Max Schmeling.

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