This consists of two lessons: the coming of the Great Depression and the efforts to solve it. In the first part analyzes the overall illusion of prosperity that prevailed in the 1920s as well as analyzing the psychology of the Stock Market Crash of 1929. The second presentation starts with a timed slide show depicting the hardships of the Depression and then looks at how different countries initially dealt with it to make it worse. It wraps up with a simple discussion of Keynesian economics and how Western democracies and fascist dictatorships adapted to it.
In the PowerPoints, the color flowcharts develop slide by slide while other notes for the students scroll down the side. There are also extensive photos with captions mixed in to illustrate the lesson and capture students’ interest. This packet also contains a student reading, flowchart, and the author’s own research notes with lots of details and interesting trivia.
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