The Great Depression

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The Great Depression does not fit into a simplistic narrative. This video introduces learners to the complicated and complex nature of this historical event in the United States with a heavy emphasis on the progression of economic decisions and consequences. The speaker discusses underlying economic conditions prior to crash and consumption fueled by credit, bank failures and a frozen credit system, deflation, massive unemployment, and the role of the federal reserve and foreign tariffs.  Tip: Stop video periodically to further explain concepts and answer questions. Consider having learners design an infographic to illustrate the sequencing of economic events.

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CCSS: Adaptable

  • Very detailed overview and analysis of economic underpinnings of the Great Depression
  • Video utilizes several graphics and animations to convey concepts

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  • Learners should have a great deal of background knowledge on fundamental economic concepts