8th Grade Social Studies-Mrs. Spadafora

  Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step in your life. Tip toe if you must, but take the step in faith.

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The Great Depression and the New Deal (1929–1941)

Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California by Depression-era photographer Dorothea Lange
Courtesy Library of Congress



A stock market crash in 1929 set off a severe economic depression. During the Great Depression, millions of people lost their jobs, homes, and savings. A new U.S. President, Franklin Roosevelt, introduced a series of bold reforms designed to combat the effects of the Depression and prevent another depression. Yet, his reforms also increased the size and power of government.

Chapter Outline

Section 1: Hoover and the Crash
Section 2: Roosevelt and the New Deal
Section 3: Life in the Great Depression
Section 4: Legacy of the New Deal