The Great Depression for Kids

The Great Depression for Kids

Hardship and Hope in 1930s America, With 21 Activities

eBook - 2015
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American history before and after the Wall Street Crash of 1929 Providing a balanced, realistic picture of a time rife with hardships, The Great Depression for Kids brings the era and key concepts to life. Kids learn about the harsh realities that most Americans could not escape, such as massive unemployment, natural disasters, and economic collapse. They also learn that the 1930s were a time when neighbors helped neighbors; sports figures behaved admirably; and an army of young men rebuilt the nation's forests, roads, and parks. Librarians delivered books on horseback, a curly-haired child star charmed moviegoers to "stand up and cheer" in the darkest of days, and a little African American girl became the first of her race to participate in the National Spelling Bee. Beginning with an in-depth look at the 1920s, the book builds readers' background knowledge to help set the stage for the decline of the economy over the next decade. Twenty-one crosscurricular activities help kids learn how to research, buy, and sell stocks; use scientific methods to conduct a survey, re-create Depression glassware; and much more.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] :, Chicago Review Press, , [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781613730546
Characteristics: 1 online resource (144 pages)
Restrictions on Access: Access limited to subscribing institutions.

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123vmp
Nov 22, 2016

When I saw this book, THE GREAT DEPRESSION FOR KIDS, I thought it was a good idea, since the events of the 1930s occurred about 75 years ago and are relevant to today's worsening economic situation for many contemporary Americans. When I thought of the age range for 'kids; it meant to me children between the ages of 5 years to 14 years. This book is a history that is beyond the comprehension of most children of that age., esp. the younger age ranges. As someone who lived through that era, which has shaped my life, the only part of that book that conveyed the difficulties of living through that time period (1929 - 1940s) was the personal recollections at the end of the book about the identity and experiences of woman and her three children in the photo that is considered iconic of that era. One aspect of the 1930's Depression never mentioned was the cumulative effect of a long period of deep poverty. Five years after 1930 three older members of my family died within a six months period. A cousin became ill with TB and died prematurely b/c of the lack of food, heat and warmth, and health care. More personal stories of those who did survive and the effects of this terrible event would convey the horrors of living through the 1930's Depression.

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