Objective: Explain the causes of the Great Depression and its effects on the economy.
Class Starter: What led to tensions between new and old ways of thinking in the 1920s?
Homework Outline: Ch. 31
- Dawes Plan
- Hawley-Smoot Tariff
- Bonus Expeditionary Force
- Reconstruction Finance Corporation
- Briefly explain how the United States maintained isolationism following World War I and pursued a unilateral foreign policy that used international investment, peace treaties, and select military intervention to promote of vision of international order.
- Briefly explain how continued growth and consolidation of large corporations transformed American society and the nation’s economy.
Lecture: The Great Depression
President Herbert Hoover on Federal Relief during the Great Depression
Herbert Hoover positioned himself somewhere between the conservative ideology of President Coolidge and the progressive Republican tradition of Roosevelt. Born in Iowa and raised in a Quaker family, he pursued a successful career as a mining engineer before being asked by Woodrow Wilson to head the Food Administration during World War I. He then served with distinction as Secretary of Commerce under Harding and Coolidge in the 1920s, expanding American markets abroad and nurturing the infant airline and radio industries. He was often motivated by his philosophy of "rugged individualism," believing the free markets as the best way to spur economic growth.
Questions for your consideration:
- What is Hoover's view on government control of the economy?
- How are people/"neighbors" a country’s strength?
- How did the Great Depression challenge his idea of individualism?
Today we'll be considering what it means to be an individual and what role government plays in that. Each person will begin with a different prompt; take 4 minutes to write your thesis/argument. When time is called, pass each paper and continue to make comments in this fashion until each person has responded to each prompt.
Work on your Project
Closer: Explain the causes of the Great Depression and its effects on the economy.
Next Topic; The New Deal
Ch. 32 Outline due
Ch. 32 Outline due