Teach about the sociology of the Great Depression through letters from hoboes and migrants in the Dust Bowl. Follow up activity of Hobo Symbols.
This lesson will cover the Dust Bowl, as well as city dwellers suffering throughout the Depression. We will read stories from real drifters, and then participate in a writing session to create several narratives from the students. By the end of this lesson students should understand how groups can come together for the common good in times of need much as the hoboes created a community during the Depression.
This comes after the students have learned about the economic functions that caused the stock market crash of 1929. This lesson focuses more on the sociological aspect of people in the lowest standard of living that were once thriving within the middle class.
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