A Cry for Help in Alabama - 1934

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What should be the role of the federal government during an economic crisis? That is the question at the center of this introduction to a study of the New Deal. Class members examine letters to the state government asking for help, replies from the governor's office, and New Deal programs that could have helped these people.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have groups research current federal government involvement in economic issues like subsidies and bailouts
Classroom Considerations

  • Although designed for Alabama American history classes, the concepts and materials in the resource are appropriate for any study of The Great Depression
  • The resource presumes students have already studied the Great Depression

  • The seven-page resource includes a links to letters, additional background information, graphic organizers, and worksheets

  • While information about the various New Deal programs can be found online and in most American history textbooks, no specific details about the programs are included in the resource
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