Huey Long and the Great Depression Lesson Plan

Grade Levels
7th - 10th
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13 pages
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This lesson on Huey Long and his "Share Our Wealth" plan is a fantastic addition to a unit on the Great Depression or FDR's New Deal!

Huey Long was a popular and controversial figure during early years of the Great Depression who proposed a radical "Share Our Wealth" plan.

The lesson uses excerpts from Huey Long's speeches as well as other primary sources to help students understand his popularity and impact. In addition to the speechers, there are political cartoons, the "Share Our Wealth" platform, and a speech excerpt from a New Deal leader critical of Long's ideas.

In all, your download includes:

  • A teacher instruction page with warm up question, options for how to conduct the lesson, suggested videos, and discussion points & activities.
  • A short biography of Huey Long to use as an intro
  • 6 primary sources for students to analyze
  • A worksheet to use for the sources and critical thinking questions
  • An editable Google Doc version of the entire
  • An answer key / teacher's guide

This is a thorough and engaging lesson with fantastic connections to modern political ideas and can spark a wonderful class discussion.

You can also download this lesson as part of my Roaring 20s and Great Depression Unit Plan Bundle.

Thanks so much for checking it out!

Total Pages
13 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
Identify aspects of a text that reveal an author’s point of view or purpose (e.g., loaded language, inclusion or avoidance of particular facts).
Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.


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