The History of Money
Students will examine the history of money. The internet is the main resource looking at historical evidence and other resources provided. The lesson links the subjects of History and Economics.
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History of Money and Banking in the U.S.
Why was there a lack of confidence in the money and banking system of the early United States government? What historical events led to the establishment of the Federal Reserve System? Here you'll find reading materials and worksheets to...
1 min 11th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Barter & Money
You want five pigs, but you only have four bails of hay. How will you manage to get your want? A great simulation begins this lesson into why the use of money has replaced the process of bartering. Then, after indulging in a comic book...
10th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
"In God We Trust": The Camden Man Who Put the Missing Motto on the Dollar Bill
Here is a fascintating lesson which relates how the motto "In God We Trust" came to appear on all US currency. It turns out that a man from Arkansas came up with the idea and petioned his congressman and President Eisenhower himself to...
7th - 12th English Language Arts
Money and Debt: Crash Course World History 202
Adam Smith contended that people are inherently drawn to creating a medium of exchange to make barter easier. A Crash Course World History video takes high schoolers through the creation and implementation of currency, and asks them to...
14 mins 9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
An Intro to Keynes’s The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money
How quickly can an economy recover from a shock? John Maynard Keynes challenges the classical economist view of a self-correcting economy with his 1936 work, The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money. A short view features the...
3 mins 9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
A Brief History of U.S. Money
Did you know that each US dollar used to be backed by gold? When Richard Nixon slammed the gold window shut in 1971, US dollars were literally being made out of thin air. Now that our debt is soaring higher than ever before, what can be...
7 mins 9th - 12th Social Studies & History
Money - A Brief History Of The American Dollar - Part 1 of 2
What is a dollar? Trace the dollar through US history. First it started as a silver or gold piece, then it became a promissory note, and eventually it became the bill we know today. Pink Floyd's "Money" plays quietly in the background...
9 mins 9th - 12th Social Studies & History