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In 20th Century American History, we have just wrapped up covering the Roaring 20’s, and have begun covering the Great Depression. The Great Depression is generally defined as the period from 1929 – 1940 in which the economy plummeted and unemployment skyrocketed. Throughout this time period many people experienced dramatic financial hardship, and one out of every four Americans were without a job.

Throughout the unit, students will be reading primary and secondary sources about the hardships and struggles of people who lived through this time period. Primary sources are first hand accounts or artifacts that give students a direct look into the lives of people who lived through major events in our nation’s history. These accounts can help to better understand who these people were and what their experiences were like.