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Decade: 1930-1939

These sites are about the history and events of the 1930s. Learn more about the causes and effects of the Great Depression. There are many primary documents, including oral histories, photographs, newspaper articles, and audio files. Also includes maps and timelines. There are links to eThemes Resources on books set in the 1930s, the Dust Bowl, Amelia Earhart, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.


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Compare the prices for goods in the 1930s to today's prices.
This is a map of the governments, politics and people who ruled the world in the 1930s.
This is a federal writers project from 1936-1940 with pictures and interviews. Sample interviews include audio.
Read about the beginning of the Great Depression which happened during the presidency of Herbert Hoover. NOTE: The "Talk" link leads to message boards.
"At the height of the Great Depression more than 250,000 teenagers were living on the road in America." Click on "Teacher's Guide" for classroom suggestions. NOTE: This site contains ads.
Listen to the radio program that changed broadcasting. The audio takes a few seconds to download. NOTE: This page has many ads, so the teacher should navigate the site.
View photographs from the American Memory collection that show what life was like in the 1930s. After choosing black and white or color, click on "Subject Index" to find areas you are interested in.
Watch original news footage of the Hindenburg disaster. NOTE: This site includes ads. NOTE: This site includes a message board.
View photographs from the American Memory collection depicting discrimination.
Find out what happened at banks during the 1930s. This is a timeline documenting events.
Learn what kinds of cameras were invented in the 1930s. Includes some photographs.
Listen to folk music from Northern California in the 1930s. Click on the "Subject Index," then choose a title.
This is a comprehensive site with lots of information and images about life in the 1930s. Explore the different topic areas. The "Classroom" link at the top includes activity ideas.
This is a thorough site that provides a good overview of life during the Great Depression. Click on "Timeline" to see a listing of events by year. Click on "People and Events" to learn more about what was taking place during the 1930s. "Film and More" includes audio interviews of people who lived during that time. NOTE: This site contains ads.
Read about this train that was used during the 1930s.
Explore this site to learn about Hollywood movies in the 1930s. NOTE: This site contains ads.
Learn more about entertainment during the 1930s. Explore the links on the right.
This site is about Jesse H. Jones, the Houston businessman who was an advisor to FDR. Look at video clips and listen to oral histories.
Read selections from DeWitt Clinton High School's literary magazine. Click on "Lesson Plan" for some classroom ideas.
Read this summary about the actions of President Herbert Hoover at the beginning of the Great Depression.
These sites are about the great Dust Bowl drought of the 1930s, the migrations that happened as a result of the disaster, the migrant workers themselves, and farming beliefs at that time. Includes lesson plans, videos, audio podcasts, photographs, and more. Also includes a link to the eThemes resource on the Decade: 1930-1939.
Learn about our longest serving president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Roosevelt served during the Great Depression and World War II. Read about the New Deal and his battle with polio.
Learn about the famous American aviator - Amelia Earhart - and her legacy. Read her biography and learn about her dreams, goals, and achievements. Find out about Earhart's cross Atlantic flights, records, and mysterious disappearance during the last flight. Learn about her plans to set a record to circle the world along the equator, rumors and theories of unsolved plane's disappearance, and pre-war situation in the Pacific region. Includes maps of Pacific Islands, the route of the last flight, photographs, audio and video files.
These sites focus on the book "Out of the Dust" and life in the 1930s. Topics include Oklahoma, dust storms, and the Great Depression. Includes activity and discussion questions for the book, information about the author, and pictures of life during that time period.
These sites have lessons and activities for this "Dear America" book, plus biographies about author Kathryn Lasky. Includes information about the people and activities that were popular during the Great Depression.

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