Beginning with the stock market crash of l929, Americans faced hardships previously never experienced. The Great Depression was a time of unemployment, homelessness, and hopelessness. The focus of this unit is on the years 1929 to the end of 1932. The content covers the stock market crash, the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act, mass unemployment (factory mechanization, Bonus Army, “Hooversville”), the Dust Bowl, and the radicals (Huey Long, American Communist Party, and Sinclair Lewis). Students will research the events, people, and places of the Great Depression. The students will have gained an appreciation for those Americans that lived during the Great Depression, and an understanding of the causes and contributions of the depression.