This unit explores the effects of the Great Depression in Arkansas through the use of primary and secondary sources. Students will read letters written to Arkansas Governor Harvey Parnell asking for help in 1930 and 1931, and his responses, along with a newspaper article about conditions at the time. A map of Red Cross relief efforts the U.S. in 1930 illustrates the great efforts and needs in Arkansas. Photographs taken in Arkansas during the 1930s allow students to view and analyze the effects of the Great Depression through images. Descriptions of how people bettered their situations in the 1930s can be analyzed and compared to contemporary situations. A list of various activities related to original primary and secondary resources allows teacher the flexibility to choose parts of this lesson plan to use and adapt to the various needs of their students.
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