Public Housing

The Fair Deal was meant to give Americans after World War II a basic standard of living. Those in public housing often found that promise fell short. Learners consider whether the effort was successful by evaluating images, testimonies, and reports on the conditions in public housing during the 1950s.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use included activities to discuss the role of public housing after World War II
Classroom Considerations

  • Teachers may need to create a free Stanford History Education Group account to use the lesson
  • Class members may need a general understanding of the country's economic condition after World War II
Pros

  • Lesson allows for an in-depth look at a topic not usually studied
  • Discussion questions encourage analytical thinking
Cons

  • Some context is difficult to read