The Great Depression
"We are what we pretend to be, therefore we must be careful what we pretend to be." - Kurt Vonnegut

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The Great Depression
The Great Depression had a lasting impact upon every generation of living Americans.  This economic and social crisis affected Californians, Texans, Floridians, and New Hampsherites.  During the three year period of 1929 - 1932 the United States will lose 1/2 of its Industrial output and 25% of Americans will be umemployed.  The Economic effects of this time period often overshadow the other significant societal changes of the era.  For Example, the labor force of the United States began to move away from rural agricultural industries and into modern urban Industrial centers in the Northeast and the Midwest.  Another significant demographic pattern was the population and subsequent economic boom of the Southe West, in particular Southern California.  The map below highlights the economic and sociological impact of the Great Depression on North America.

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        Unemployment is defined as "not being engaged in gainful occupation".  Some modern economists and historians believe that there is an acceptable level of unemployment in a prosperous Industrial free-market economy.  During the period of 1969 - 2005 the highest rate of unemployment was 10.8% in December of 1982, from 1996 - 2003 the highest rate of unemployment was 6.3% in June of 2003, and from 1985 to 1996 the highest rate of unemployment was 7.8% in June of 1992.  What do all of these numbers mean? They are a point of reference - the unemloyement of the United States in 1933 was     37.6%.  That means more than 1 out of every 4 able bodied citizens were out of work.  The chart below provides the unemployement rates of the major Industrial powers in 1933.

Global Unemployment Figures - 1933
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Great Depression Video Assignment
Use this link to acces The Great Depression Video: Hope and Sorrow. The video is 57 minutes long. Follow the instructions on the website to complete the assignment. Make sure to enter your full name in the Student Code Center. The student code for this assignments is: TT2AC8-43DA. Once you get to the assignment page: click on the link for the video. Another page will load with the information for the video: click "Play" on the right side of the page. Thank you and enjoy.
Great Depression Video: America's Sorrow and Hope
The Era of the Great Depression
Use this link to acces The Great Depression Videos: View all six videos. Follow the instructions on the website to complete the assignment. Make sure to enter your full name in the Student Code Center. The student code for this assignments is: T6465-9721. Once you get to the assignment page: click on the link for the video. Another page will load with the information for the video: click "Play" on the right side of the page. Thank you and enjoy.
The Era of the Great Depression

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